Quo vadis University Presses


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  • While the dominant form of scholarly book publishing in the future will clearly be digital,
    as a practical matter university presses today still get at least 90 to 95 percent of their sales
    revenue from printed books, even as the market for scholarly monographs continues to
    shrink. University presses also operate in an institutional environment that regards publishing
    on a break-even basis (including subsidy) as virtuous, even if that means losing ground to
    inflation. The combination of these factors means that it is virtually impossible for university
    presses to generate surplus investment capital from current operations.
  • Proposals and plans for new business models should explicitly address two issues: the
    potential impact of the new model on existing parts of the press’s program and the
    requirements, both operational and financial, for making the transition to the new model.
    Ideally the consideration of these issues would involve the relevant author community as well
    as the press, its partners such as libraries or societies, and the funding agency.
  • Open Access in European Networks (OAPEN),
    seeks to develop a new model for the open access university press by supporting publication
    through a combination of publication fees, grant support, and institutional support
    The OAPEN publication model is being promoted through several pilot projects in different
    European countries. In the Netherlands, a pilot program including 50 books will be published
    over the next two years, with funding from the Dutch national research council. A similar pilot in
    the UK will be managed by JISC
  • Collaboration
  • officially established in 1937
    AAUP has 131 member presses as of 2013
  • Fundamental models
    Open and distributed content and service plattforms
    Integrated and consolidated “clouds”
    Developments I would like to see
    Enhanced peer review
    Transparent pricing
    Go for stm journal publishing
  • Quo vadis University Presses

    1. 1. Quo Vadis University Presses? Frank Scholze Leibniz Publik, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München, 23.10.2013 KIT-BIBLIOTHEK KIT – Universität des Landes Baden-Württemberg und nationales Forschungszentrum in der Helmholz-Gemeinschaft
    2. 2. University Press academic, nonprofit publishing house Photos from Wikimedia Commons 2 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    3. 3. What do they have in common? Unit of a research institution or university Monograph publishing Journal publishing with focus on HSS Focus on sholarship Some form of business model Some form of collaboration 3 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    4. 4. Business models Publishing (e-)books for sale Publishing open digital plus paid print editions and other add-ons (freemium) Searching for the new … Crowdfunding Cooperation, membership … 4 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    5. 5. Publishing for sale OUP, CUP, UCP … Project MUSE (Johns Hopkins University) Started as journal plattform 2012 University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) JSTOR (ITHAKA) Started as a digitized journal plattform 2011 books at JSTOR 5 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    6. 6. Publishing open digital plus paid add on OAPEN Library and service plattform Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) launched July 1, 2013 Majority of UPs in Germany National Academies Press in the US Australian National University E-Press 6 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    7. 7. KIT Scientific Publishing as example Founded in 2003 2010 integration of University Press and Helmholtz publishing activities -> KIT Scientific Publishing (KSP) 3 staff, 1 coordinator # of projects per year 180 # of available titles 1000 among them E-only-publications Series 23.10.2013 60 Journal 7 101 1 KIT-Bibliothek
    8. 8. KSP – policy and features Fast Integrated service Open Access Print on Demand Author fees KIT as brand 8 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
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    10. 10. Europe 10 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    11. 11. AEUP Joint Catalog Catalog platform for members of AEUP Presses are responsible for their own content Print + E Books + journals Back list, front titles, announced, out of print No sales platform Cooperation with business partners Hosting concept with breebook GmbH (Bremen) 11 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
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    15. 15. Trends Digital transformation and new business models Open access as (the) model of publication Content designed for service Collaboration and branding 15 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek
    16. 16. Information www.ksp.kit.edu Tel.: Fax: E-Mail: 16 23.10.2013 KIT-Bibliothek +49 721 608-43104 +49 721 608-44886 info@ksp.kit.edu