Bell, Kirsten Erin - Risky Business: Consultations with Journal Editors Regarding a Proposed Cooperative Scholarly Publis...

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This project report has been submitted to the Library for purposes of graduation, but needs to be audited for technical details related to publication in order to be approved for inclusion in the Library collection.
Term: 
Fall 2017
Degree: 
M.Pub.
Degree type: 
Project Report
Department: 
Publishing Program
Faculty: 
Communication, Art & Technology
Senior supervisor: 
Juan Pablo Alperin
Thesis title: 
Risky Business: Consultations with Journal Editors Regarding a Proposed Cooperative Scholarly Publishing Model
Given Names: 
Kirsten Erin
Surname: 
Bell
Abstract: 
Open access is a principle that has been widely embraced by various academic stakeholders, although how to implement sustainable models of open access remains an important question. This report evaluates journal editors’ responses to a cooperative approach to scholarly publishing that aims to redirect library subscriptions to help support journals in moving open access. I approached 64 journal editors regarding such an initiative: 32 in the context of Libraria, a collective of anthropology and archaeology journals, and 32 in the context of a proposed Canadian cooperative. The primary outcome of the consultations was that participating in a cooperative scholarly publishing initiative was an experiment with an uncertain result. Editors’ responses suggest that while financial concerns are universal, they are influenced by journals’ publishing structure and ownership. Ultimately, the results of my consultations suggest that cooperative scholarly publishing initiatives are trust- and relationship-building exercises that will take time to develop.
Keywords: 
scholarly publishing; academic journals; open access; cooperative publishing models
Total pages: 
39