Thursday, June 07, 2018

CFP: Special Issue on Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing (Publications)

Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing
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Message from the Guest Editors
As the number of universities, libraries, and students continue to increase, growth in scholarly publishing is likely to continue. 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.  This Special Issue 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.

Karen I. MacDonald  &  Virginia Dressler
Kent State University

Message from the Editor-in-Chief
As the Editor-in-Chief of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775), I warmly invite you to submit your research for consideration for publication in our journal. Publications is an international, peer reviewed, fully Open Access journal that provides an advanced forum for research studies related to all aspects of scholarly publishing. While primarily a vehicle for research and review articles, we will also publish, from time to time, case studies and opinion pieces. We aim to offer high-quality, responsible services and rapid decision-making so that submitting and publishing with us should be a rewarding experience. If you wish to discuss your ideas for submission in advance, or if you have topics for potential Special Issues you would like us to consider, or indeed have any queries about any other aspect of Publications, then please do not hesitate to contact me personally at:

Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer
Know-Center GmbH,
Graz, Austria

Author Benefits
Open Access: free for readers, free publication for well-prepared manuscripts submitted in 2018.
High visibility: Indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI - Web of Science), Scopus and other databases.
Rapid publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 33 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 4.1 days (median values for papers published in this journal in 2017).