Faculty Conference on Scholarly Publishing
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Designing Incentives and Support
What do researchers need to shift their scholarly publishing behavior from high-profit journals to more sustainable models? Brainstorm ideas for what support and incentives (monetary, time, staffing, training, centralized expertise, other) campus administration might offer to Berkeley authors and editors to facilitate this change. notes (session 1) | notes (session 2)
Changing Academic Culture
As scholars ponder moving away from high-profit publishers, concerns arise about advancement and promotion. How can academic culture be changed to recognize and value work based on its individual quality and scholarly content rather than relying on the perceived prestige of the publishing venue? notes (session 1) | notes (session 2)
Journal Publishing Options - for the author
The wide variety of sustainable publishing options available to authors will be reviewed. Participants will hear from colleagues who have successfully published in reasonably priced, high quality journals.
Journal Publishing Options - for the potential editor
Hear from colleagues who are starting, have started, or have moved their editorial content from a high-profit publisher to a publisher with a more sustainable business model. Meet others interested in this kind of undertaking, and ask questions of low-profit publishers.
Journal Publishing Options - Tools
The development of new software products is making the production of new journals easier than ever. Production issues need not overshadow the editorial focus on content. Software products available for producing online journals may include features that greatly streamline the editorial management and peer review process. Editors can choose from a variety of options based on a number of factors (e.g., societal or institutional affiliation, open source vs. commercial platforms). Learn more about possibilities such as bepress, DPubs, and HighWire from an industry insider. notes
Managing Copyright and Intellectual Property
One of the easiest and quickest ways for scholars to take back control of their scholarly output is to actively manage their copyright. Hear how you can amend a publisher's contract, or easier yet, what "boilerplate" agreements you can offer to publishers as alternatives. notes (session 1) | notes (session 2)
Working with Societies
Societies hold a central role in scholarly publishing - the publishers they select, the prices, and the access and archiving policies they support are lynchpins in the economy and distribution of scholarly information. How can societies balance fiscal concerns and widespread access to the literature? Hear from colleagues who have brought these issues to their societies. notes (session 1) | notes (session 2)
The Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Scholarly Publishing, seated by the Modern Language Association in 1999, reported that even as they face growing economic problems, university presses are receiving ever more submissions as a result of increased expectations for advancement and promotion. Participate in a discussion that examines alternative options - especially for humanists and social scientists - to traditional book publishing. notes
Digital archives, postprint servers and institutional repositories
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To ensure that material is widely available and preserved for perpetuity, many suggest that some combination pre- and post-print servers and university repositories should become an automatic counterpart to commercial publication. Hear about options Berkeley faculty have and how you can post your work to a repository.
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