Author: Andreas Kirchner


Starting your own journal is not rocket science. To illustrate this, we boiled down our research on the topic and added some insights from David Solomon, Martin Eve, and other experts. And there it is: a poster that allows you to get an idea of the various aspects of Open Access journal publishing at a glance.

For the poster, we identified seven different issues covering the stages of planning, setting up, running, and sustaining your journal:

  • Scope and Content Strategy
  • People and Workflows
  • Journal Management
  • Design
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Financing
  • Licenses

Each of these areas is provided with basic information, advice, illustrations, or key questions to ask yourself. The poster is rounded out by some useful key terms and a reference list including further readings, important organizations and links to journal management software and Open Access directories.

Please read, share, and enjoy! We are thankful for critique and feedback, for spreading the word, and passing on this poster to your friends, colleagues, and students. And please let us know when you start your own Open Access journal!

On Thursday and Friday (22-23 May), the international conference “Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts”, organized by our friends from the Digital Publishing Toolkit initiative, will take place in Rotterdam (NL).

Off the Press

The conference starts at the renowned Museum Bojimans van Beuningen with the sessions “Today’s Book Publishing” and “One thousand and one Publishing Workflows” (both featuring experts from all over the globe), followed by an introduction to the Digital Publishing toolkit and showcases by international artists/designers and publishers.

During the evening session at the legendary WORM, artists and designers will present their own practices and approaches to digital publishing that both take advantage of and question the current modes of content production and dissemination.

The second day begins with three parallel workshops called “Paper to Code: Transforming the Future of Reading”, “Electronic Publishing Workflows: (Multi)Markdown & Pandoc” (you’ll need a separate ticket for these workshops) and “Superglue: Reshaping the Web?” (free). The event is completed by the session “Underground e-publishing” and the “Bazaar”, in which a number of artists, publishers and other practitioners of electronic publishing will showcase their projects in an informal way, looking forward to meeting you!

For tickets and more information on the whole event, please visit:

Your chance to name the problems and rate the principles of academic/scientific publishing: the “Online-Konsultation Publikationssystem” by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Too bad that it’s only available in German!

The recently published Final Report of the Dutch OAPEN-NL project gives first answers to a still open question.

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In October 2010, OAPEN Foundation, NWO and SURF started the pilot “OAPEN-NL: A project exploring Open Access monograph publishing in the Netherlands” which combines qualitative and quantitative methods to provide information about the perceptions and expectations of authors and publishers, the costs of monographs, and the effects of Open Access (OA) on sales and scholarly impact.

To obtain valid and comparable data, 50 monographs in various subject areas were published in OA by nine participating publishers between June 2011 and November 2012. The publications were funded with up to € 5,000 each. For every OA title the publishers provided a similar title that was published conventionally. OAPEN-NL pursued a hybrid approach to OA books, which means that not only OA editions, but also printed editions were published and offered for sale. The costs of the OA edition were calculated as the first copy costs of a book, based on all the costs that go into producing the digital file of the publication (cf. p. 3).


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Within the scope of this year’s annual conference of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM), which will take place on October 3-5 in Lüneburg, the Hybrid Publishing Lab hosts a workshop called “Open Up! The Politics and Pragmatics of Open Access”. The workshop is composed of four short presentations by international experts as well as members of the HPL and will go into recent discourses of Open Access.


Marcus Burkhardt and Christian Heise (Lüneburg) will break the first ground by asking: “Open Access, Open Research, Open Science, Open what?” By discussing the ‘Open Definition’ proposed by the Open Knowledge Foundation, they will outline some of the most controversial issues in the current struggle for openness.

In their presentation “Work – Content – Data: On the Politics of Open Access Business Models”, Armin Beverungen and Helge Peters (Lüneburg) will argue that publishers translate open access into different business models, which bring with it their own politics. They will point out, why independent publishers can experiment more openly with open access, new media and formats as mainstream publishing houses.

With the aid of a selection of case studies of what can be seen as experiments in radical Open Access, Janneke Adema’s (Coventry) presentation “Open up Possibilities for Critique” will explore in what sense openness can form the basis for a critique of our established practices of scholarly communication and more in particular of the political economy surrounding scholarly book publishing.

Last but not least, Nishant Shah (Bangalore/Lüneburg) will propose that if we take Big Data seriously, we need to make a move “From Information Society to Data Society”. What does this entail? What does it mean to be alive in the time of big data? And what is the value of openness that we are now talking about? These questions will be exemplified by means of a small case study of the Indian land record digitalization project ‘Bhoomi’.

The workshop is also open to short example-oriented presentations of participants who want to engage in the discussion. Please email us beforehand at

Date: October 5, 2013, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Campus Scharnhorststraße, C HS 5

For more information on the whole event please visit the conference website.

Last Friday, a concluding workshop by the DFG-funded project Funktionaler Ausbau von und Mehrwertdienste für “Open Journal Systems”/Functional Upgrading of and Added Value Services for “Open Journal Systems” – or “” for short – took place in Berlin.

With almost 15.000 iojs-berlin-13-9-20nstallations, OJS is the most frequently used software for the management of Open Access journals worldwide. The one-day workshop, which was attended by about 40 librarians, editors, software developers and scholars from all over Germany, gave an overview about the adjustments and enhancements for German journals developed by the Center für Digitale Systeme/Centre for Digital Systems at Berlin’s FU in collaboration with the Public Knowledge Project.

During her presentation, software developer Bozana Bokan introduced a couple of useful plugins for various areas:

Bokan finished by showcasing some elements of the public alpha version of OJS 3.0 which was released in mid-August. The new version represents a major rewrite of OJS to take advantage of the technologies that were pioneered in Open Monograph Press 1.0. It is planned for 2014.

In order to stay current, visit the support forums for the Public Knowledge Project or the German OJS discussion forum.

Just a few days ago, independent journalist and long-time Open Access observer Richard Poynder published a striking interview with former Vice President at De Gruyter, Alexander Grossmann, who lately took up a post as Professor of Publishing Management at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences and founded the publishing and network start-up venture ScienceOpen.

According to Grossmann, “there is no publishing house which is either able or willing to consider the rigorous change in their business models which would be required to actively pursue an open access publishing concept” though “both publishers and funding organizations should by now have had enough time”.

The Q&A is part of Poynder’s current series The State of Open Access where he interviews relevant stakeholders in the OA arena as Peter Suber, Joseph Esposito, Stevan Harnad, and others. The blog Open & Shut? contains much of Poynder’s writings on OA and other open initiatives.