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Developments in Researcher-led, Open Access Publishing


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Talk given at Caltech, on future directions for open access publishing and publishing more generally.

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Developments in Researcher-led, Open Access Publishing

  1. 1. || @ubiquitypress Developments in Researcher-led, Open Access Publishing Brian Hole, Founder and CEO Caltech, October 9th 2017
  2. 2. || @ubiquitypress  The ubiquity story  Why  What  Who  Current trends in OA  The future
  3. 3. || @ubiquitypress a short history of ubiquity press
  4. 4. || @ubiquitypress To return control of publishing to universities, libraries and researchers, 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  120+ years publishing experience (BioMed Central, PLOS, Elsevier etc.)  Current staff of 20, head office in London, US office in Oakland  Comprehensive approach: journals, books, conferences, repositories, data, software, wetware…
  5. 5. || @ubiquitypress The Social Contract of Science • Validation • Dissemination • Further development Scientific Malpractice • Data • Results • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source:
  6. 6. || @ubiquitypress Source: Washington Post, May 7 2013 / Imgur: than-half-of-humanity-lives-within-this-circle/
  7. 7. || @ubiquitypress Source: Nature News, 20 April 2011, DOI: 10.1038/472276a
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  9. 9. || @ubiquitypress We’re not there yet
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  11. 11. || @ubiquitypress journals
  12. 12. || @ubiquitypress Journals: transparent pricing, APC $500 (HSS) or $600 (STEM)
  13. 13. || @ubiquitypress Journals: 2014
  14. 14. || @ubiquitypress Journals: 2015
  15. 15. || @ubiquitypress Journals: 2016
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  17. 17. || @ubiquitypress Publishing all research objects
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  20. 20. || @ubiquitypress books
  21. 21. || @ubiquitypress Books: fully open, fairly priced
  22. 22. || @ubiquitypress Rua: Full book production workflow
  23. 23. || @ubiquitypress conferences
  24. 24. || @ubiquitypress Ubiquity conference systems: publication-centric
  25. 25. || @ubiquitypress partner presses
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  27. 27. || @ubiquitypress 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 Research integrity
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  30. 30. || @ubiquitypress Bangla LAM Nep Mongolia
  31. 31. || @ubiquitypress No bird left behind!
  32. 32. || @ubiquitypress current trends in OA
  33. 33. || @ubiquitypress More open source than open access Repositories Coalition of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Focus on ‘next generation repositories’ Priority areas: discoverability, assessment, workflows and impact Ubiquity launching hosted repositories October 2017
  34. 34. || @ubiquitypress Two full-featured options Guarantee full transfer Fully open source FLEXIBLE NO LOCK-IN
  35. 35. || @ubiquitypress Fully hosted Repository interactivity High discoverability and impact CLOUD Zero IT costs High performance OPEN TO THE WORLD
  36. 36. || @ubiquitypress Fully integrated with the ubiquity partner press platform No extra charge - included in the price of the full platform Unlimited storage Journals, books, preprints, conferences, data, software, etc. INTEGRATED FAIRLY-PRICED
  37. 37. || @ubiquitypress Continued moves to decrease reliance on Impact Factor Metrics and evaluation Moves to help evaluate journals, improve image of OA Journal Publishing Practices and Standards
  38. 38. || @ubiquitypress HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) Adding metrics more sensitive to actual usage, e.g. annotations
  39. 39. || @ubiquitypress Increase in open peer review Peer review But promising centralized services not reliable for community, e.g. publons Ubiquity producing ‘streamlined review’ Papers rejected on non-quality grounds (e.g. scope) can be automatically passed with reviews to other suitable journals About to be launched for psychology, linguistics, political science and anthropology
  40. 40. || @ubiquitypress Online, collaborative authoring tools are appearing, e.g. Authorea, Overleaf Open authoring Ubiquity waiting on governance before integrating Ubiquity integrating Substance through collaboration with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  41. 41. || @ubiquitypress Legacy publishers have lobbied against the right to electronically read even already purchased content. Text and data mining Ubiquity has taken part in the EU-funded FutureTDM project, to collect evidence of the importance of TDM: October release of the ubiquity platform will include bulk download of PDF and XML for TDM, and links to profiles for common TDM tools, e.g. ContentMine.
  42. 42. || @ubiquitypress Ubiquity is committed to releasing its entire platform as OSS. Open access goes with open source Coko’s xpub journal platform only being worked on by OA publishers now, to betterment of all:
  43. 43. || @ubiquitypress New funding models Consortium distribution model
  44. 44. || @ubiquitypress A new consortium model • Cost per library is the same as the average APC from a large publisher (ca. €2,000) • Participating libraries effectively purchase all content from the partner network, and can therefore accession it properly • Full MARC records provided • On-demand COUNTER reporting
  45. 45. || @ubiquitypress All for the cost of one average APC Consortium distribution model
  46. 46. || @ubiquitypress Supporters pledge to pay anything from $1 to $100 per month In return they are offered token rewards, e.g. $20 Access to live webinars/Skype chats with authors $5 Name mentioned on website $10 Physical items like t-shirts $1 standard supporter, website says “thank you”
  47. 47. || @ubiquitypress Legacy publishers This is purely window-dressing, as behind the scenes heavy anti-open access and open science lobbying continues. Working towards a transition to open access "At Elsevier, we remain ready and willing to collaborate with all stakeholders to advance the transition to an open access world. The pace of change will ultimately be driven by researchers and the choices they make about how they wish to disseminate their research outputs. We can help them embrace open access by working closely with funders and research institutions to move beyond advocacy to possibility." Gemma Hersh Vice President, Policy and Communications
  48. 48. || @ubiquitypress Community governance and trust All institutional customers Must demonstrate community values and provide guarantees Determine who we will integrate and work with STEERING BOARD Vote on significant investment or acquisition PARTNERSHIP RULES
  49. 49. || @ubiquitypress the future
  50. 50. || @ubiquitypress Machine readability • Standard article XML for text mining • Machine readable articles with RDF/HTML5 • Copyright reform is critical • Machine readable data citation
  51. 51. || @ubiquitypress Broadening access through ubiquity • Already adding all content to wikidata • Adding contextual maps to content • Central platform with summary video content
  52. 52. || @ubiquitypress General predictions • Forms of publication /scholarly comm’s to become completely fluid • A publishing ecosystem rather than ‘publishers’ • A large-scale distributed effort to shift to full OA • Everything will explode/dissolve
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