Library involvement in the publishing landscape

By judging from some of the session themes and on-going conversations picked up at the LIBER 2015 conference in London, UK last week, it is evident that library involvement in the publishing landscape is a hot topic.

Stockholm University Press (SUP) and the new model for library publishing

SUP was represented with a paper during the session “New Models for Libraries” where we elaborated the strategy for starting and developing our press as an infrastructure and network. The presentation can be found here.

The aim of the activities described is to link the general strategy of the library to act as a facilitator of information services to and from Stockholm University by supporting the shift towards Open Access with the help of the new university press structure. The aim to drive further academic development is supported by extensive tools for metrics to evaluate the researcher’s efforts in relation to the publishing process.

The support we provide consists of the technical infrastructure for editors to handle a quality-assured and transparent review process, but also put emphasis on good practices for evaluation of research output by the guidelines we develop together with our editorial boards.

Dissemination of Open Access monographs

The Director of OAPEN Foundation, Mr Eelco Ferwerda was presenting their work under the same session theme. He talked about the importance of publishing Open Access monographs with quality-checked peer-review and how to integrate their directory into other publishing services on a global scale.

Research Data Communities in Germany

The third presentation within the same session came from Karlheinz Pappenberger from University of Konstanz who presented the results from a large study about a German e-science initiative, where they found that 50% of the researchers participating in this study felt that they had interesting data to share, but did not share it as open access.

All abstracts and presentations from “New Models for Libraries” session can be found here.

Open Access in the Humanities

Further related content during the conference was for example the plenary session by Martin Paul Eve about OA in the humanities in relation to his work with Open Library of Humanities (OLH). He discussed the problematic relation between APC:s and research funding from different sources.

He stated that the traditional publishing brands rather contributed with an aura of quality to the published work instead of actual quality measures. Eves abstract can be found here. SUP belongs to the same network of university presses as OLH, and this collaboration is likely to give some synergy effects in terms of wider networks and sharing of best practices.

An overview of the conference activities can easily be tracked with the #liber2015 tag on Twitter, or via @LIBERconference.

Sofie Wennström, Managing Editor Journals (SUP)

Reading from book launch of ”Platonic Occasions”

On 29 May, the Department of English and Stockholm University Press hosted an event to celebrate the publication of the first title in the new Stockholm University Press and Stockholm English Studies series: Richard Begam and James Soderholm’s ”Platonic Occasions: Dialogues in Literature, Art and Culture”.

Watch the authors read a dialogue from the book in a video here.


New Book From Stockholm University Press – Festival Romanistica – Edited by Gunnel Engwall & Lars Fant

Festival Romanistica: Contribuciones lingüísticas – Contributions linguistiques – Contributi linguistici – Contribuições linguísticas, edited by Gunnel Engwall & Lars Fant.

Discussions on linguistics and discourse studies in four Romance languages

The articles in this edited volume represent Romance linguistics as a research area of excellence at the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University.


This is an edited volume with 19 contributions written in four Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The volume represents the whole range of research areas in Romance Linguistics today at the University of Stockholm: semantics, syntax, pragmatics, discourse analysis, diachronic linguistics, translation studies and second language acquisition and use. Five of the articles are written by renowned scholars from five European universities. The authors of the remaining 14 contributions are doctors and supervisors belonging to the National Doctoral Program in Romance Languages (FoRom).

By virtue of its wide scope and the high quality of its contributions, this volume is of interest for, and will find a natural audience among, researchers of all Romance Languages departments and divisions in Scandinavia, Europe and worldwide.

Festival Romanistica is the first volume in Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages, which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.


Lars Fant is Professor emeritus of Romance Languages, especially Spanish and Portuguese, at Stockholm University. He is the Chief Editor of the series Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages.

Gunnel Engwall is Professor of Romance Languages, especially French, at Stockholm University. She has been Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University and President of the Academy of Letters, Antiquity and History and is presently the Head of the National Edition of August Strindberg’s Collected Works.

Where to access the book

At Stockholm University Press’ website you can download an epub-file, pdf-file and read the book online or access your books on multiple devices. On the website you can also order a printed copy of the book.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.

LIBER responds to statement on text and data mining

In May Stockholm University Press wrote about data mining and we also mentioned the Hague Declaration considering the copyright law in Europe.

The International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) released a press release about the Hague Declaration and shared their statement about copyright, licenses and text and data mining. LIBER recently responded to their statement in the purpose of clearing up matter of facts that LIBER considers STM misconceived .

LIBER response to the STM Statement on Text and Data mining (TDM)

Here you can read more about the LIBER response to the STM statement on TDM.

About Open Acess – This caught our attention this week

We want to share the latest news and debate about Open Access. These articles caught our attention this week.

Have we missed anything? Please share your comments below.

Research Information – Open Access Books Slowly On The Rise, says PCG (Publishers Communication Group)

Open Science – Is There a Place For Specialized Open Access journals?

The Australian – Open Access lobby attacks Elsevier

Publishing Technology – What is a publisher now? An email interview with ALPSP Chief Executive Audrey Mculloch

The Scholarly Kitchen – Can We Stop Talking About The ”System” of Scholarly Communications Please?

The Public Library of Science – Support Open Access Publishing With The Click of A Button

Swedish Research Council: ”Swedish research is internationally competitive”

According to a report written by The Swedish Research Council, Swedish researchers publish more scientific publications compared to researchers in other countries, based on population.

Many Swedish researchers are also quoted and in seventh place among 45 countries according to the councils survey. Internationally that is a good placing.

Take part of their report here. Note, the report is in swedish.

Book Launch – Platonic Occasions Dialogues in Literature, Art and Culture

Date: 29 May 2015, 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Venue: ”Scenen” in Stockholm University Library

We have the pleasure to announce the book launch of Richard Begam and James Soderholm’s Platonic Occasions – Dialogues in Literature, Art and Culture

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This is a joint event, hosted by the Department of English at Stockholm University and Stockholm University Press, to celebrate the publication of the first title in the new Stockholm University Press and Stockholm English Studies series.

More about the event.

More about the book.