Sustainable Open Access publishing preconditions dialogue and continuous adaption – the Stockholm University Press case

Sofie Wennström, Analyst & Managing Editor

Birgitta Hellmark Lindgren, Head of Communications & Deputy Library Director, Stockholm University Library, Sweden

Stockholm University Press is an Open Access publisher of peer-reviewed books and journals within all academic disciplines. The platform is designed to shift power from publishers to researchers and to encourage ethical publishing practices. In other words, the library wants to facilitate a research-driven publishing, by focusing on the practical part of publishing with regards to the ethical and legal aspects of scholarly communications, as well as metrics and impact. Thereby we make space for the researchers to concentrate on their expertise as writers and reviewers.

The press is governed by a Publishing Committee where faculty representatives ensure that the ethical protocol for the quality assessment process is followed. The decisions made by the committee are based on thorough assessments and recommendations made by editors and editorial boards within each discipline.The structure ensures that the academics are in full control of the published output, and the press is built to support this in several ways. The editorial working groups are built to enhance the dialogue, and the library staff acts as facilitators to support transparent and structured working methods.

Being a part of the university organisation, the library is also well placed to contribute to the dialogue with policy-makers on a national and international level. It is also possible to nurture a close relation to funding agencies on issues of Open Access policies, which requires a fundamental shift of policies and copyright laws. Another aspect of library based publishing is that the press can focus on collaboration rather than competition with other university presses. The structure described above preconditions a flexible work flow governed by the needs of the researchers, and this presentation will outline how this is done at an operative level.