Laying Tracks as the Train Approaches: Innovative Open Access Book Publishing at Heidelberg University from the Editors' Point of View

Hacker, Andrea; Corrao, Elizabeth (2017). Laying Tracks as the Train Approaches: Innovative Open Access Book Publishing at Heidelberg University from the Editors' Point of View. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 48(2), pp. 76-89. University of Toronto Press 10.3138/jsp.48.2.76

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In April 2016, Heidelberg University's newly founded open access publisher heiUP launched the first volume of the new book series Heidelberg Studies in Transculturality. This article reports on the challenges, accomplishments, and setbacks that informed the entire editorial production process, not only of the first volume but also of the series and the publishing enterprise overall. The authors offer insights on crucial issues that any new open access publishing endeavour at an institution might face, namely acquiring manuscripts, designing and building workflows, and collaborating with partners to build an outlet for hosting the finished product. This article also illustrates how the goal of providing a new digital reading experience through an innovative HTML format, in addition to print-on-demand and PDF versions of each manuscript, affected the progress of the entire project. Finally, we report on what it took to deliver results.

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:

1198-9742

Publisher:

University of Toronto Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Hacker-Heimhofer

Date Deposited:

30 Apr 2018 14:12

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 03:26

Publisher DOI:

10.3138/jsp.48.2.76

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.114872

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/114872

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