Tear it down, build it up: the Research Output Team, or the library-as-publisher

Eve, Martin Paul (2012) Tear it down, build it up: the Research Output Team, or the library-as-publisher. Insights: the UKSG journal, 25 (2). pp. 158-162. ISSN 2048-7754

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1629/2048-7754.25.2.158

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Abstract

Academic publishing is in an unstable period of transition. There is a growing degree of anger, especially from early-career academics in a time of austerity, at perceived publisher extortion. The current models of open access do not address all these problems, especially with regard to library budgets. While some of this anger is misplaced, publishers must either self-discipline their practices or find themselves displaced by alternate models. Libraries, likewise, face a dangerous time in which the threat of third-party tender for their services brings extinction ever closer. This article begins to outline a system dubbed the �Research Output Team� (ROT) that moves publishing in-house to institutional libraries, thereby safeguarding publishing jobs and expertise while defeating the problematic aspects of the existing set-up.

Additional Information:Academic publishing is in an unstable period of transition. There is a growing degree of anger, especially from early-career academics in a time of austerity, at perceived publisher extortion. The current models of open access do not address all these problems, especially with regard to library budgets. While some of this anger is misplaced, publishers must either self-discipline their practices or find themselves displaced by alternate models. Libraries, likewise, face a dangerous time in which the threat of third-party tender for their services brings extinction ever closer. This article begins to outline a system dubbed the �Research Output Team� (ROT) that moves publishing in-house to institutional libraries, thereby safeguarding publishing jobs and expertise while defeating the problematic aspects of the existing set-up.
Keywords:Open Access
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P121 Library studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:7164
Deposited On:11 Jan 2013 19:45

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