Collectivity and collaboration: imagining new forms of communality to create resilience in scholar-led publishing

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Abstract

The Radical Open Access Collective (ROAC) is a community of scholar-led, not-for-profit presses, journals and other open access (OA) projects. The collective promotes a progressive vision for open access based on mutual alliances between the 45+ member presses and projects seeking to offer an alternative to commercial and legacy models of publishing. This article presents a case study of the collective, highlighting how it harnesses the strengths and organizational structures of not-for-profit, independent and scholar-led publishing communities by 1) further facilitating collective efforts through horizontal alliances, and by 2) enabling vertical forms of collaboration with other agencies and organizations within scholarly publishing. It provides a background to the origins of the ROAC, its members, its publishing models on display and its future plans, and highlights the importance of experimenting with and promoting new forms of communality in not-for-profit OA publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalInsights the UKSG journal
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2018

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Published under a CC-BY licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Keywords

  • Radical Open Access Collective
  • communality
  • collaboration
  • collectivity
  • open access
  • scholar-led publishing

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