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Library publishing programs have emerged as a promising way to bring journal publishing back to the nonprofit sector and produce open access (OA) journals more affordably, particularly as article processing charges (APCs) of corporate-run journals continue to rise. But, with limited resources, these programs alone can’t fulfill the need for rapid decentralization of journals away from profiteering corporate publishers. What can libraries do to encourage the democratization of journal publishing so more groups within the academic community can gain the means to publish journals on their own?

Scholastica had the opportunity to present on this topic at the 2017 LPForum. We discussed ways libraries can have a broader impact on the future of OA and the democratization of journals by serving as a support system for scholars and not-for-profit presses seeking to avoid or leave the corporate publishing model. You can find the full slideshow below.

LPForum Slideshow

Also, be sure to check out our “Publishing an OA Journal on a Budget” checklist! Libraries can use this checklist in developing their own publishing programs or share it with members of their scholarly community looking to launch OA journals.

Presentation Highlights

Pulling from our recent white paper “Democratizing Academic Journals: Technology, Services, and Open Access,” this presentation explores:

  • The factors leading up to the serials crisis
  • How journals can be decentralized from corporate publishers
  • Ways libraries can support independent OA journals outside of their publishing programs

What do you think is the role of libraries in the future of open access and academic journal publishing? We want to know! Leave your thoughts in the comments section or tweet at us at @scholasticahq!