All taskforce members agreed I could blog our process. In fact, they look forward to hearing suggestions from all of you! So here goes, first installment. Our report is due in September.
My main job on the task force is to outline the available alternatives. Below are my getting-started notes.
What options am I missing? Does anyone already have details for any of these options? Advice for JAMIA if you have been here, done this?
Three major options seem to be: publish JAMIA with an existing publisher of OA journals, run it independently through a self-hosted journal management system, or run it through a third-party hosted journal management system.
For reference, a SPARC review of scholarly OA journals in 2011 found that Springer published 9 society OA journals, Copernicus published 15, WASET published 21, BioMed Central published 33, and MedKnow published 64. I’m not sure what proportion ran on a self-hosted or externally hosted platform, but OJS lists many journal users.
Links are to the “contact us about your society journal” pages:
- MedKnow, now through Wolters Kluwer
- Wiley Open
- Ubiquity Press
- self-hosted journal management system, such as Annotum or OJS
- externally hosted journal management system, such as OJS hosted by PKP or OJS hosted by Scholarly Exchange
We were told to think out of the box. Excellent! So, perhaps JAMIA could publish in an OA megajournal within a JAMIA Collection or tag, or ask for modification of terms of a well-defined option?
- A PLoS ONE Collection, or a PLoS Currents topic?
- PeerJ partner?
- F1000Research partner?
- BMJ with a CC-BY license instead of their default CC-BY-NC?
perhaps out of scope:
- Publishing cooperative
- Overlay journal
- Other OA publishers: Pensoft, etc. Are there others that should be considered in scope?
- Other journal management systems
- partnering with a university host. Too local for JAMIA?
- license that facilitates most reuse is CC-BY.
- compromises would decrease use but potentially facilitate reprint revenue (ie BMJ)
- immediate access facilitates most reuse.
- compromises would decrease use but potentially facilitate subscription revenue (ie RUP)
- editorials available as OA facilitates most reuse
- compromises would decrease visibility but potentially facilitate subscription revenue (ie BMJ)
- could host advertisements and get partial revenue (ie BMC)
- could charge readers to view without advertisements
- many OA journals have an automatic waiver or subsidy for authors from low-income countries (ie BMC, BMJ Open). Some also offer a subsidy or waiver upon request (ie BMC). At least one offers a guaranteed waiver for those who cannot afford to pay (PLoS).
- the majority of society publishers do not charge any author-side fees
- many OA journals are online-only. JAMIA is currently available online and print. Is print needed? Are there options available for print-on-demand?
- as an AMIA membership benefit, could offset article processing charges (ie BMC)
other related revenue possibilities
- could release openly, have HTML available for free, but charge per-article or membership fee for PDF access (ie JMIR)
- could charge for expedited peer-review (ie JMIR)
- could charge submission fees in general
- could charge for iphone apps, etc
info so far
- OJS includes advertising revenue from survey results, average expenses
- PKP hosted OJS, annual fee
- Scholarly exchange hosted OJS, annual fee
- OA journal article processing charges
- OJS, includes hours/week survey results
Many. A few:
- How much of the back content could become OA? Is the copyright currently AMIA’s or BMJ’s? Answer: AMIA’s.
thoughts and observations
- The OASPA resources section is a little light, and the blog was last updated in 2011. I’d say there have been a few OA events of note since then :) Upcoming conference in Hungary in September.
- This is a less well trod path than I thought… I’ve made an initial contact to most of the organizations above, and none of them immediately zoomed me a how-to sales package (one or two were quick, but for most of the publishers I’ve contacted it has been 4 days and no response yet).
- AMIA could join SPARC as an affiliate society. $5,710 annual contribution per calendar year. SPARC is active in advocating for funder mandates for OA, which would likely bring about greater funder support for processing charges.
- this is timely: two recent blog posts about OA and societies. One by Mike Taylor, one by the Scholarly Kitchen. There are other white papers etc also. I’ll hopefully get a chance to recap them in a future post.
Edited July 16 to add a few things