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The Ubiquity Partner Network: Enabling Library-Based Publishing

  1. 1. / @ubiquitypress The Ubiquity Partner Network Library Publishing Forum 2015, Portland Brian Hole, Founder and CEO Enabling Library-based Publishing
  2. 2. / @ubiquitypress To return control of publishing to societies, universities 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  50+ years publishing experience (BioMed Central, PLoS, Elsevier, IoP)  Current staff of 15, office in London, next stop California  Comprehensive approach: journals, books, data, software, wetware…
  3. 3. / @ubiquitypress The Social Contract of Academia • Validation • Dissemination • Further development Academic Malpractice • Data • Results • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source:
  4. 4. / @ubiquitypress
  5. 5. / @ubiquitypress WHAT MAKES UP OUR $450 APC?
  6. 6. / @ubiquitypress
  7. 7. / @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 university’s ethics committee
  8. 8. / @ubiquitypress Peer review, cascading content, teamwork
  9. 9. / @ubiquitypress The Ubiquity Partner Network
  10. 10. / @ubiquitypress Ubiquity Partner Plugins
  11. 11. / @ubiquitypress An Inclusive Partnership Model Sustainability “No Bird Left Behind!” Simple hosting models, for cases where APCs are not viable TJ Gehling, ‘Formation flying’ (CC-BY) Growth Success Helping journals and presses progress towards: Sri Lanka Journals Online
  12. 12. / @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

Editor's Notes

  • This is for Stuart from the Royal Society
  • All factors of successful data publication
    Need to ensure authors motivated
  • We are fully transparent about our charges
    Aim to build trust with researchers, institutions and funders
    We want to be successfully sustainable, not a mega-corporation, and for research money to be spent wisely.
  • The Ubiquity Network:
    Access to a large peer review pool (100,000+)
    Content cascading
    Editor sourcing
  • We want to include presses from the developing world in our network too.
    Flying in in organised formation is 70% more efficient than flying solo.
    Often when a bird falls out of formation, others stay back with it until it can catch up.
    No bird gets left behind.
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