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The Lethbridge Journal Incubator
Aligning Open Access publication with the
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The Lethbridge Journal Incubator: Aligning Open Access publication with the research and teaching missions of the public university

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This is a poster version of the core of my <a>Elsevier talk</a> (the poster is from DH 2103 Nebraska). A fuller narrative description (the original proposal) can be found here: http://www.uleth.ca/lib/incubator/proposal.html

Abstract: The Lethbridge Journal incubator is an experiment in the sustainability of academic publishing. The incubator attempts to ensure this sustainability by aligning
the publishing processes with the research, teaching, and service missions of the University. Instead of drawing resources away from these central missions,
academic communication under this model become a resource that materially improves the University’s ability to carry out these core functions.

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  1. 1. The Lethbridge Journal Incubator Aligning Open Access publication with the research and teaching missions of the public university The Lethbridge Incubator Research Group* (Contact: daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca) About the Incubator The Lethbridge Journal incubator is an experiment in the sustainability of academic publishing. The incubator attempts to ensure this sustainability by aligning the publishing processes with the research, teaching, and service missions of the University. Instead of drawing resources away from these central missions, academic communication under this model become a resource that materially improves the University’s ability to carry out these core functions. How it works 18 months on The Business Model Although on the whole the incubator has worked more-or-less as we imagined it would in the eighteen months since it transitioned into its current form, we have discovered some problems and made some refinements. Graduate Students are trained in low-specialisation, highly valuable technical and managerial aspects of journal production. They are assigned a single title for which they become the managing editor (communicating with authors, editors, referees, managing the production process) while working with other students in the incubator on the technical production of all journals. Cameron Neylon (PloS), Beyond the PDF2, March 19, 2013 Traditional Model: OA Publication as Product Value derived from authorship and content Benefit for students Benefit for institutions Incubator Model: OA Publication as Process Value derived from authorship, content, and production process Benefit for journals By far the most important discoveries we have made are (a) Copy-editing is too hard for most graduate students to do well (needs to be done by the academic editors) (b) An office manager is essential (c) Students perform best when they have common workspace and worktimes (d) Editors need to be involved in student training. Benefit for faculty *Gillian Ayers, Sandra Cowen, Kelaine Devine, Heather Hobma, Wendy Merkley, Daniel Paul O'Donnell, Jessica Ruzek, Rhys Stevens, Marinus Swanepoel, Maxine Tedesco
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