The New “University Journals” in the Marketplace - The Scholarly Kitchen

peter.suber's bookmarks 2019-05-08


" “University Journals” brings some impressive firepower to the marketplace. Although the details of the service are sketchy (we have an announcement, but not yet a publicly perusable business plan), it is notable that it already has the support of fourteen universities and its “initial development is funded by the PICA foundation and the University of Amsterdam.” The model is open access (OA), but there are no article processing charges (APCs); rather all fees are paid by researchers’ parent institutions. The appeal to authors — no requirement of transfer of copyright — is clear. The service itself will leverage pre-existing infrastructure such as institutional repositories, which brings to mind what may have been the granddaddy of proposals of this kind: Raym Crow’s white paper written on behalf of SPARC. Raym published that report in 2002. The “University Journals” website as well notes that authors will share in the prestige of the universities that sponsor the service, which appears to be an attempt to offset the appeal of highly ranked journals of the subscription variety...."


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Tags: oa.publishers oa.university_journals oa.universities oa.academic_led oa.business_models oa.repositories oa.overlay oa.hei oa.journals

Date tagged:

05/08/2019, 15:18

Date published:

05/08/2019, 11:18