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Disrupting academic publishing 
Returning control to universities 
Wolfson College e-Publishing Workshop, 11 June 2014 
Br...
About Ubiquity Press 
To return control of publishing to universities and researchers, 
providing them with the infrastruc...
The Social Contract 
of Science 
• Dissemination 
• Validation 
• Further development 
Scientific Malpractice 
• Results 
...
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 res...
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 
 Provisio...
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.ubiq...
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Disrupting Academic Publishing: Returning Control to Universities

Presentation given at the Wolfson College e-Publishing Workshop, Oxford, UK, on 11 June 2014.

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Disrupting Academic Publishing: Returning Control to Universities

  1. 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. 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. 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
  4. 4. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  5. 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
  6. 6. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  7. 7. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  8. 8. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  9. 9. Providing a solution for presses brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  10. 10. Peer review and cascading content brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  11. 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. 12. The Ubiquity Partner Network brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  13. 13. Ubiquity Partner Plugins brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  14. 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

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