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What Could Publishing Disruption Bring to the Developing World?

Talk given at the Publishers for Development Conference, Oxford, UK, August 14th 2014.

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What Could Publishing Disruption Bring to the Developing World?

  1. 1. What Could Publishing Disruption Bring to the Developing World? Publishers for Development Conference, Oxford, August 14th 2014 Brian Hole, Founder and CEO / @ubiquitypress
  2. 2. 1 About UP 2 University Presses 3 Our network 4 Extending to the developing world / @ubiquitypress
  3. 3. About Ubiquity Press 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. 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…
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  6. 6. 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 university’s ethics committee  Provision for open research data and software archiving with all publications / @ubiquitypress
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  8. 8. Partnership model with subsidised members  Aim is to help each member become more independently sustainable over time  Assuming 100% waivers to begin with  Simple press (5 journals, 10 books per year) cost: £60K  For a network of 20 presses from developed countries:  £3000 per year each (tax deductible), or  Additional £5 per article, £50 per book TJ Gehling, ‘Formation flying’ (CC-BY) / @ubiquitypress
  9. 9. 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