The horizontal landscape of ideas, research, people, cultures, and best practices can only enhance a publisher’s ability to be innovative and productive
A healthy human eye can distinguish more than seven million colors. The range of frequencies detectable by the human ear climbs from 20 Hertz to 20,000. The human tongue has anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds.
We are all creatures remarkably well able to recognize and manage diversity in a plethora of ways and forms. “Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.”
As true as this may be, human beings are also creatures of habit. We usually prefer the things we are most familiar with over trying anything new or different. We also will tend to prefer people we know best – those people, most often, who are just like us.
For the scholarly publishing community, diversity is an opportunity. The horizontal landscape of ideas, research, people, cultures, and best practices can only enhance a publisher’s ability to be innovative and productive, according to a panel discussion last week at the annual meeting of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers.
Panelists speaking with CCC’s Christopher Kenneally included: