WP2: Revenue Infrastructures and Management Platform

Leads

  • Eileen Joy (punctum books)
  • Joe Deville (Lancaster University)

WP2 will develop and launch a modular, scalable revenue generation and management platform for open access books, to be made available to publishers and libraries. It will be scoped and built by a team of publishers, knowledge managers, and librarians working in partnership to develop new funding channels for open access books. The platform will emphasise open source, community-owned and led open access, and will enable a broad range of economic supports for a variety of open access book outputs. WP2 will create the technical infrastructures, organisational processes (together with WP4), financial management procedures, and legal standards to enable these new funding channels to be sustainable long term. The platform will be tested via a specific pilot case centring upon ScholarLed, which looks at how revenue can be generated and managed for this select group of presses to model a community-owned open access that is economically sustainable, allows for diverse business models, and aligns with the values of both the Humanities and Social Sciences and of Higher Education Institutes. The revenue platform will be designed with flexible modularity, portability, and customisability as its chief features, ensuring that both emerging, smaller-scale and established, larger-scale publishers seeking to transition to open access (a pilot to be tested in WP3) and in need of durable, flexible business models for doing so, can benefit from it. 

Key deliverables and impacts

  • A fully functional consortial library funding platform
  • In this model, groups of libraries and/or other members contribute to fund the publication of open access books. The cost to each member of a book depends on the size of the consortium.
  • The ScholarLed pilot
  • An outreach program to the international library community
  • A model for a community-owned open access revenue programme for books
  • A consortium of librarians and publishers that can serve as a model for collaboration around open access monographs