, The 7th Munin Conference on Scientific Publishing 2012 – New Trends

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From concept to reality: a publisher’s experience of setting up in open access
Dan Scott

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Date: 2012-11-22 04:30 PM – 17:00
Last modified: 14-12-2012

Abstract


From concept to reality: a publisher’s experience of setting up in open access”

2012 has seen a welcome increase in publicity about the problems that beset the scholarly publishing industry and research dissemination. The ‘academic spring’ stemming from a boycott of Elsevier titles and the publication of reports such as the Finch Report in the UK have brought these into the public domain, rather than remaining as issues for discussion within academic circles. Having worked in publishing for nearly two decades and within traditional scholarly publishing for six years, Dan Scott became well aware of the manifest issues and set out at the beginning of 2012 to offer a solution. Social Sciences Directory (www.socialsciencesdirectory.com) and, latterly, Humanities Directory (www.humanitiesdirectory.com), were conceived as offering both a progressive publishing solution that cut publication times, made research freely available to all and encouraged inter-disciplinary learning, and also responds to changing user behaviour through the concentration of large amounts of materials that are easily searchable by keywords.

Coming from a commercial rather than an Editorial or Academic background, Dan has views on how to create sustainability without excessive profit making. By the time of the conference, he expects both Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory to be publishing a regular schedule and also generating revenue through author fees and institutional memberships. However, this has not been straightforward and the presentation will focus on the journey that has been undertaken to create a new publishing model, which will be of interest to others that are thinking of setting up their own publishing operations.

Areas covered:

  • setting up the business, creating the website, assembling an editor and editorial board, calls for papers
  • building awareness through PR, marketing and networks
  • forming consortia agreements
  • overcoming opposition and gaining support

The presentation will also offer opportunities for further debate amongst conference delegates about profit vs not-for-profit models and Gold vs Green models.

 

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