|Setting up an Open Access journal|
Many researchers have become publishers of learned journals by taking advantage of the Web for dissemination and using some of the open source (free to use) software program that provide all the functionality that is needed in one platform. By definition, Open Access journals provide free online access to their scholarly content, so potential journal publishers must choose a business model that will enable them to cover any costs they incur in publishing the journal.
The main costs of journal publishing lie in editing, organising peer review, producing and marketing the journal:
Some money will need to be found, even if it is just to pay for server space to host the journal and more ambitious journal founders may wish to operate on a higher-cost basis. Revenue can be earned by selling advertising space or subscriptins to the printed version of the journal. Arranging for a journal to be printed, bound and despatched is not such an expensive process as it once was due to the availability of print-on-demand technologies that enable low print runs to be produced at low unit cost. Many printers will offer this combined with a despatch service. There is much more on business models for Open Access journal publishing here.
If you do not feel confident enough to go it alone, there are publishing collectives, such as the Open Humanities Press, that provide support and an electronic publishing platform for scholars wishing to start a new Open Access journal. Or you can launch your new journal through a commercial Open Access publisher: BioMed Central, for example, which contrary to what its name suggests now covers a broad swathe of sciences, has helped numerous individuals and societies to launch new titles very successfully. An excellent overview of Open Access journal publishing in the humanities, including some case studies, has been written by Sigi Jottkandt from the Open Humanities Press.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 16:54|