Partnership with commercial publisher??

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Partnership with commercial publisher??

Postby mel » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:09 pm


A publisher's salesperson visited the school today and talked about all of the marketing exposure that would come from having a print version that they could sell to libraries.

I strongly believe in the value of open access, also we are beginning to gain some recognition (which I don't want to give up). Are there arrangements - delayed access - or whatever that would permit us to continue to publish electronically "open access" while still entering into a print for fee arrangement with the publisher?

If that is an option then what about copyright/creative commons license.

I am asking these questions because the rep did not know the answers and I expect her come back- and i want to know the answers before she tells me.

If you don't know the answer, can you direct me to articles that discuss this situation?


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Re: Partnership with commercial publisher??

Postby John » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:56 pm

I take it that you are talking about books here, rather than journals. With journals, a way has been worked out, using the publisher's permission to post the final draft that is accepted for publication after peer review. The majority of journal publishers now accept this. Here's a look-up service to check publishers' policies

With books, while such policies have not yet been worked out, authors could try the same route, as often the same publishers are involved. Or you could approach an open access publisher such as Athabasca University Press or Open Humanities Press, with print-on-demand copies available from both for Tenure and Promotion Copies, or for libraries to purchase. AUP also sells e-book editions which do well, despite the free PDF they also offer.

Hope that helps, as your support for open access is appreciated.

John Willinsky, PKP

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Re: Partnership with commercial publisher??

Postby mel » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:06 am

Thank you, John.

The discussion covered both books and journals (but my interest was in journals). Thank you for the link. I will check it out.


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