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AGU Books Program Continues to Grow

With a dozen new titles published in the past year and interviews with editors as a new feature, the AGU books program is expanding during a time of change in scholarly publishing.

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When AGU moved publications production to Wiley in 2013, it was not only the journals portfolio that shifted but also AGU’s long-standing program of scientific book publishing. In the last few years before the move, AGU was issuing no more than six titles per year. Thanks to the resources provided by Wiley, an average of 10 new titles were published annually during the first few years of our partnership. The goal is to reach 15 to 20 books per year encompassing subjects across Earth and space science with a particular effort to complement the journal coverage.

At Wiley, AGU’s books are overseen by a dedicated editor and Ph.D. Earth scientist, Rituparna “Ritu” Bose. “My own academic background is in geosciences, but working with the AGU portfolio is really exciting because of the diverse subject matter,” Bose said. “From one day to the next I can be dealing with topics from undersea volcanoes and solar wind to soil carbon dynamics and atmospheric modeling. It’s also a privilege to be able to interact with researchers from around the world at the cutting edge of scientific research and to support them in bringing their work to publication.”

Call for Proposals

Ritu is active in reviewing sessions at AGU Fall Meeting and other conferences throughout the year for potential book ideas and is meeting with prospective editors and authors to talk about the possibilities of publishing with AGU. She is also happy to be contacted by individuals at any time to discuss book ideas and the proposal process. Currently, she is specifically interested in proposals for textbooks to support upper level undergraduate and graduate level classes and edited collections of chapters exploring key research topics.

New Titles

During the past year, we published 13 new volumes, listed below by thematic area.

Climate
Climate Extremes: Patterns and Mechanisms

Hydrology
Terrestrial Water Cycle and Climate Change: Natural and Human-Induced Impacts
Hydrodynamics of Time-Periodic Groundwater Flow: Diffusion Waves in Porous Media

Natural Hazards
Natural Hazard Uncertainty Assessment: Modeling and Decision Support
Plate Boundaries and Natural Hazards
Flood Damage Survey and Assessment: New Insights from Research and Practice

Natural Resources
Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Principles and Practices
Oil and Gas Exploration: Methods and Application

Tectonics and Seismology
Active Global Seismology: Neotectonics and Earthquake Potential of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Crustal Permeability
Fault Zone Dynamic Processes: Evolution of Fault Properties During Seismic Rupture

Space Weather and Space Physics
Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Solar System
Ionospheric Space Weather: Longitude Dependence and Lower Atmosphere Forcing

Forthcoming Titles

Titles that are in press for later this year include
Dawn-Dusk Asymmetries in Planetary Plasma Environments
Bioenergy and Land Use Change
Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences
Microstructural Geochronology: Planetary Records Down to Atom Scale
Geochronology and Thermochronology

Interviews with Editors

AGU aims to distill and convey some of the scientific knowledge and advances from each new book in an accessible way as part of the Editors’ Vox section of Eos.org. These discussions about fields and topics explored in the latest books typically take the form of interviews with the editors. Here are the most recent ones:
Working Towards a Sustainable Future
The Value of Disaster Damage Data
How Does Changing Climate Bring More Extreme Events?
Neotectonics and Earthquake Forecasting
Where and How Can We Find New Sources of Oil and Gas?
A Foundation for Modeling Time-Periodic Groundwater Flow
Reducing Uncertainty in Hazard Prediction
Filling Earth’s Space Environment from the Sun or the Earth?

Marketing and Promotion

AGU promotes new books to members and beyond through a variety of means, including its books web page, newsletters, and social media. Editors of books and their contributors also benefit from the marketing services of Wiley. These include access to global sales outlets such as large online retailers, national bookstore accounts, and wholesalers.

Don Kehoe, senior marketing manager at Wiley, said, “We strategically place Web adverts, send targeted email communications, promote through social media, present to librarians and other institutional buyers, and have a global presence at related conferences. Books also receive attention from Wiley’s dedicated academic sales teams and global rights group, who focus on licensing and translations opportunities.”

Member Discounts and Free Access

All AGU books are available via Wiley as well as Amazon and other distributors. Remember that AGU members receive 35% off all books available at Wiley.com, including AGU monographs. AGU members are also entitled to one free e-book every quarter, which can be accessed via the My AGU page.

New Web Platform

Wiley is in the process of migrating all journal and book content to the Atypon Web platform, a new interface that will offer users a much better experience. The move is targeted for January 2018. In terms of AGU books, the site will have a modern design and be responsive to the device you use to access book titles. There will also be better search and filtering capabilities, making it easier to navigate through book content. Following the migration, the goal is to have ongoing enhancements to continue to bring book content into closer alignment with journal content.

Although changes in scholarly publishing, higher education, and technology are challenging the concept, function, and form of the academic book, AGU and Wiley are committed to the books program. With the move to the new Web platform, we are eager to explore additional functionality and make connections to other online resources that add value to future books. The reputation of the AGU brand, together with the publishing expertise and resources of Wiley, makes now a great time to consider authoring or editing a book in Earth and space science.

—Jenny Lunn (email: [email protected]), Director, Publications, AGU

Correction, 22 August 2017: The article has been updated to include the book Crustal Permeability.

Citation: Lunn, J. (2017), AGU books program continues to grow, Eos, 98, https://doi.org/10.1029/2017EO080055. Published on 17 August 2017.
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