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What Could Publishing Disruption 
Bring to the Developing World? 
Publishers for Development Conference, Oxford, August 14th 2014 
Brian Hole, Founder and CEO 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
1 About UP 
2 University 
Presses 
3 Our network 
4 Extending to the 
developing world 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @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…
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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) https://flic.kr/p/gM84Rh 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
For any questions, please contact 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com 
More information 
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 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress

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What Could Publishing Disruption Bring to the Developing World?

  • 1. What Could Publishing Disruption Bring to the Developing World? Publishers for Development Conference, Oxford, August 14th 2014 Brian Hole, Founder and CEO brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 2. 1 About UP 2 University Presses 3 Our network 4 Extending to the developing world brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 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 brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @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…
  • 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 brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 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) https://flic.kr/p/gM84Rh brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 9. For any questions, please contact brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com More information 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 brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress

Editor's Notes

  1. ----- Meeting Notes (07/03/2014 12:07) ----- concerns about also possibility of submission fees societites should break down their part of the fee
  2. The Ubiquity Network: Access to a large peer review pool (100,000+) Content cascading Editor sourcing
  3. 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.