What is it about?

Some investigations into the role of the university library in providing publishing services for students and researchers.

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Why is it important?

Research publishing is changing rapidly and commercial publishers are increasingly expensive. In theory there is little to prevent universities doing their own publishing but in practice there are some complicated issues: many universities (including Manchester) have their own publishing operations ('university presses') and there are cultural and career reasons why researcher would choose to publish with commercial organisations, despite the expense and, often, limited readership.


These investigations challenge the prevailing view in the university library community that libraries should be setting themselves up as publishers. Our research revealed strong concerns amongst academic colleagues and suggested that the costs of such an undertaking may be being underestimated, placing new university publishing ventures at risk of failing to find sustainable business models.

Simon Bains
University of Manchester

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This page is a summary of: The role of the library in scholarly publishing: The University of Manchester experience, Insights the UKSG journal, November 2017, Ubiquity Press, Ltd., DOI: 10.1629/uksg.380.
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