Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP: Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing

CFP: Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing


As the number of universities, libraries, and students continue to increase, growth in scholarly publishing is likely to continue. However, digital technology in academic publishing has rendered old business models obsolete. Demand for traditional printed books is influenced by electronic books, print-on-demand services, book rental options and sales of individual book chapters. An increased demand for instant access to scholarly journals, with their double-digit annual price increases, is putting even greater pressure on library budgets and the purchase of scholarly works. Clearly, traditional business models for academic publishing are no longer sustainable. Innovative business models are needed to capture value from new digital publishing technologies.  Open access, print on demand, hybrid publishing, agile publishing, digital archives and open data curation are examples of new digital publishing models—but none of these can address all aspects of this dynamic industry.

Scholars generally agree that value proposition, value creation and value capture are essential components of a business model. Value proposition refers to the value the organization delivers to its clients. Value creation is the process of developing new business opportunities, products and services. Value capture mechanisms address financial benefits or profitability.

This Special Issue of Publications invites authors to submit articles that examine new or alternative forms of digital academic publishing—with an emphasis on describing the business model that will make this new form sustainable.

Ms. Karen I. MacDonald
Ms. Virginia Dressler
Guest Editors

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Publications is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal.