Reports & Publications

Monday 02 September 2013

Scholarly Journals Publishing Practice. Academic journal publishers' policies and practices in online publishing. Fourth survey 2013

Author: Simon Inger & Tracy Gardner (Simon Inger Consulting)
ISBN: online 978-0-907341-46-8; ISBN 978-0-907341-45-1
91 pages, paperback, A4 (297 x 210 mm)

Members (Print only) £60.00
Non Members (Print & PDF) £250.00

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This international survey, the fourth in this research series from ALPSP, was undertaken to establish current scholarly publishing practices and assess changes in practice and policy across the industry. More than 300 publishers took part, including more than 180 small publishers (ie 1 - 10 titles). For the first time, the ALPSP survey included societies who have outsourced their publications to a publishing partner.

The survey looked at a range of key metrics in publisher growth, cost and revenue trends, business models for journal subscriptions and open access, editorial processes and author policies, production and infrastructure, and the use of social media. Some areas of publisher activity are clearly mature, while others are in a state of flux, with no clear, universally accepted best practices. There are also substantial differences between small and medium publishers versus their larger counterparts in many areas of practice and policy.

The full report offers an invaluable snapshot of the current international publishing landscape but also evidence of the changes in the last 4 years and of future trends and developments.



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