2016 AAUP Press Directors Meeting

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Flipping the Monograph: What are the Opportunities and Challenges for My Press?

Thursday, June 16, 1:00–3:00 PM
Organizers: Peter Berkery, Executive Director, AAUP; Patrick Alexander, Director, Penn State University Press; Greg Britton, Johns Hopkins University Press; Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press; Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director, National Academies Press; Mark Saunders, Director, University of Virginia Press; Charles Watkinson, Director, University of Michigan Press

As revenues from most monographs continue their downward spiral, experiments aimed at flipping the financial model from consumer pays to producer pays are multiplying —Knowledge Unlatched, unglue.it, Lever Press, and Luminos to name just a few. Each new program has been testing new models to cover the costs of publication. Most recently, a pilot program for full institutional subventions—requiring publication of open digital editions—to commence in the fall of next year has achieved critical mass and will be announced over the summer. With the idea nearing a tipping point, the questions about OA shift from the philosophical to the practical: how do I decide whether open access monographs are right for my press? What would change and what stays the same in an OA publishing model? What would my press need to do to be ready to participate in this new institutional subvention model? At this year’s directors meeting, we will begin to explore how to assess both your interest in and readiness for this new business model.

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