Building it together: collaboration in university-based open access book publishing

Hacker, Andrea (2014). Building it together: collaboration in university-based open access book publishing. Insights, 27(s1), pp. 26-29. Ubiquity Press 10.1629/2048-7754.120

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Open access (OA) book publishing in the humanities and social sciences is becoming technically more feasible and financially more desirable. After securing funding for the development of a business model based on a pilot book series, the University of Heidelberg is joining this development and building an infrastructure to publish OA books on campus. The challenges facing such new publishing outlets are considerable. This article argues that the best strategy to build the prestige, affordability and competitiveness necessary to succeed is collaboration. Accomplishing this within the OA community will prove less difficult than extending collaboration beyond it because many agencies and individuals still lack information about, and are often unconvinced of, the merits of open access. The key lies in offering excellence in manuscript development to revitalize the most important collaboration of all: that between publisher and author.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

13 Central Units > Administrative Director's Office > University Library of Bern

UniBE Contributor:

Hacker-Heimhofer, Andrea

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 020 Library & information sciences
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 070 News media, journalism & publishing

ISSN:

2048-7754

Publisher:

Ubiquity Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Hacker-Heimhofer

Date Deposited:

30 Apr 2018 14:15

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 02:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1629/2048-7754.120

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.114868

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/114868

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