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Disrupting academic publishing 
Returning control to universities 
Wolfson College e-Publishing Workshop, 11 June 2014 
Brian Hole, Founder and CEO 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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 
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…
The Social Contract 
of Science 
• Dissemination 
• Validation 
• Further development 
Scientific Malpractice 
• Results 
• Data 
• Software 
• Hardware, wetware… 
#@%$#@ 
% #@%$# 
Source: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2015 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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) 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
Providing a solution for presses 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
Peer review and cascading content 
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 society’s ethics committee 
 Provision for open research data and software 
archiving with all publications 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
The Ubiquity Partner Network 
brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
Ubiquity Partner Plugins 
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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Disrupting Academic Publishing: Returning Control to Universities

  • 1. Disrupting academic publishing Returning control to universities Wolfson College e-Publishing Workshop, 11 June 2014 Brian Hole, Founder and CEO brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 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 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…
  • 3. The Social Contract of Science • Dissemination • Validation • Further development Scientific Malpractice • Results • Data • Software • Hardware, wetware… #@%$#@ % #@%$# Source: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2015 brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 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) brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 9. Providing a solution for presses brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 10. Peer review and cascading content brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 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 brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 12. The Ubiquity Partner Network brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 13. Ubiquity Partner Plugins brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  • 14. 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. This is for Stuart from the Royal Society
  2. All factors of successful data publication Need to ensure authors motivated
  3. The Ubiquity Network: Access to a large peer review pool (100,000+) Content cascading Editor sourcing