To check out the first post in our blog series on the biggest opportunities society and university press journal publishers see in 2023, where we interview Dr. Naseem Naqvi, President of The British Blockchain Association and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, click here.

Do you wish you had a crystal ball to gaze into the future of academic journal publishing? We sure do!

The last few years have brought some pretty massive and fast-moving waves of change in the scholarly communication ecosystem, from the transition to remote-first work at many organizations to the launch of new initiatives to open access to research like the OSTP “Nelson Memo” to the introduction of AI tools in academic writing just to name a few.

The rapid rate of such changes has presented scholarly publishers, especially societies and university presses, with many challenges, which tend to be the focus of news coverage and commentaries. But it’s also leading to A LOT of positive innovation. As the saying goes, in its different forms — “growth comes from discomfort.”

While it may not be the easiest time to be an independent journal publisher, it’s also arguably one of the most possibility-filled moments in the future of publishing and academia more broadly.

At Scholastica, we wanted to highlight some of the many emerging opportunities for academic journal programs, with a focus on societies and university presses. So we asked a handful of leading publishers to share the developments they’re most excited about in 2023 and beyond.

New opportunities in scholarly publishing series

We asked society and university press publishing leaders to respond to one question:

What are the biggest opportunities you see for independent academic publishers to further their journal programs in 2023 and beyond, and why?

Now, we’re highlighting the journal program development opportunities shared with us in a blog series that we hope will contribute to and help spark conversations about current and potential journal publishing innovations to further the missions of scholarly societies and university presses.

We’re very grateful to the following publishers for taking the time to contribute their insights for this series:

Join the conversation

We invite you to join the conversation by sharing your thoughts, questions, and examples of other key journal developments you’re excited about in the comments and on social media. Be sure to follow Scholastica on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to stay up-to-date on future resources!

To read the first post in the series, click here!

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