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Disrupting Academic Publishing: Returning Control to Universities

Presentation given at the Wolfson College e-Publishing Workshop, Oxford, UK, on 11 June 2014.

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Disrupting Academic Publishing: Returning Control to Universities

  1. 1. Disrupting academic publishing Returning control to universities Wolfson College e-Publishing Workshop, 11 June 2014 Brian Hole, Founder and CEO / @ubiquitypress
  2. 2. About Ubiquity Press To return control of publishing to universities and researchers, providing them with the infrastructure and support to not only match but to outcompete the legacy publishers. Background / @ubiquitypress Mission  Spun out of University College London in 2012  Researcher-led  50+ years publishing experience (BioMed Central, PLoS, Elsevier, IoP)  Current staff of 13, office in London  Comprehensive approach: journals, books, data, software, wetware…
  3. 3. The Social Contract of Science • Dissemination • Validation • Further development Scientific Malpractice • Results • Data • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source: / @ubiquitypress
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  5. 5. Academic publishing is going to change Opportunity  The UK has mandated open access publishing for all state funded research, EU and US are likely to follow  Legacy publishers are unwilling and unable to lower fees for OA, so still very expensive (average charge £2,000 per article published) Challenges  Academic societies want open access, but worry about costs and losing subscription income  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) / @ubiquitypress
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  9. 9. Providing a solution for presses / @ubiquitypress
  10. 10. Peer review and cascading content / @ubiquitypress
  11. 11. Research integrity  Full anti-plagiarism checking  Rigorous peer review  Editorial guidance and training  Provision for open peer review COPE membership for all editors  Close links with society’s ethics committee  Provision for open research data and software archiving with all publications / @ubiquitypress
  12. 12. The Ubiquity Partner Network / @ubiquitypress
  13. 13. Ubiquity Partner Plugins / @ubiquitypress
  14. 14. For any questions, please contact More information Ubiquity Press website: Koh, A. 2012. Open Access Ahoy! An Interview with Ubiquity Press. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Available: / @ubiquitypress