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Disrupting Academic Publishing: LPC Webinar


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Webinar presented to members of the Library Publishing Coalition, June 6th 2014

Webinar presented to members of the Library Publishing Coalition, June 6th 2014

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  • This is for Stuart from the Royal Society
  • All factors of successful data publication
    Need to ensure authors motivated
  • The Ubiquity Network:
    Access to a large peer review pool (100,000+)
    Content cascading
    Editor sourcing
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    • 1. / @ubiquitypress Library Publishing Coalition webinar, 6 June 2014 Brian Hole, Founder and CEO Disrupting academic publishing
    • 2. / @ubiquitypress To return control of publishing to academic societies and universities, providing them with the infrastructure and support to not only match but to outcompete the legacy publishers. About Ubiquity Press Background Mission  Spun out of University College London in 2012  Researcher-led  50+ years publishing experience (BioMed Central, PLoS, Elsevier, IoP)  Current staff of 13, office in London  Comprehensive approach: journals, books, data, software, wetware…
    • 3. / @ubiquitypress The Social Contract of Science • Validation • Dissemination • Further development Scientific Malpractice • Data • Results • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source:
    • 4. / @ubiquitypress
    • 5. / @ubiquitypress Academic publishing is going to change  The UK has mandated open access publishing for all state funded research, EU and US are likely to follow  Academic societies want open access, but worry about costs and losing subscription income  Legacy publishers are unwilling and unable to lower fees for OA, so still very expensive (average charge $3,000 per article published)  Many want their own presses to make publishing more affordable and for prestige (although it is expensive and difficult to match the legacy publishers’ systems) Opportunity Challenges
    • 6. / @ubiquitypress
    • 7. / @ubiquitypress Our base Article Processing Charge (APC) is only $400 Societies can increase the charge to add income, and still beat legacy publishers on price
    • 8. / @ubiquitypress 3 levels of support for universities 1 Memberships - APC discount - pre or post paid 3 University press support 2 Ad hoc publishing
    • 9. / @ubiquitypress Institutional branding
    • 10. / @ubiquitypress Institutional branding
    • 11. / @ubiquitypress Extended journal functionality
    • 12. / @ubiquitypress Extended journal functionality
    • 13. / @ubiquitypress Research data publication
    • 14. / @ubiquitypress Repositories Modified from: XKCD
    • 15. / @ubiquitypress
    • 16. / @ubiquitypress Providing a solution for presses
    • 17. / @ubiquitypress Peer review and cascading content
    • 18. / @ubiquitypress Research integrity Full anti-plagiarism checking Provision for open research data and software archiving with all publications Rigorous peer review Editorial guidance and training Provision for open peer review COPE membership for all editors Close links with society’s ethics committee
    • 19. / @ubiquitypress The Ubiquity Partner Network The Max Planck Digital Library Six academic presses have signed University of Westminster Stockholm University Universities of Cologne and Munich The Open Library of the Humanities The University of Tromsø 10 more in negotiation, including US
    • 20. / @ubiquitypress For any questions, please contact Ubiquity Press website: Koh, A. 2012. Open Access Ahoy! An Interview with Ubiquity Press. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Available: More information