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Disrupting Academic Publishing

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Presentation given at the RLUK AGM, York, UK, 21 March 2014.

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Disrupting Academic Publishing

  1. 1. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress RLUK meeting, York, 21 March 2014 Brian Hole, Founder and CEO Disrupting academic publishing
  2. 2. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @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 11, office in London  Comprehensive approach: journals, books, data, software, wetware…
  3. 3. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress The Social Contract of Science • Validation • Dissemination • Further development Scientific Malpractice • Data • Results • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2015
  4. 4. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  5. 5. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @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 £2,000 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. 6. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  7. 7. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  8. 8. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress 3 levels of support for universities 1 Memberships - 10% discount - pre or post paid 3 University press support 2 Ad hoc publishing
  9. 9. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Institutional branding
  10. 10. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Institutional branding
  11. 11. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Extended journal functionality
  12. 12. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Extended journal functionality
  13. 13. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Research data publication
  14. 14. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Repositories Modified from: XKCD
  15. 15. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  16. 16. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Providing a solution for presses
  17. 17. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress Peer review and cascading content
  18. 18. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @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. 19. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress For any questions, please contact brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com Ubiquity Press website: http://www.ubiquitypress.com Koh, A. 2012. Open Access Ahoy! An Interview with Ubiquity Press. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Available: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ubiquity/43312 More information

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