A Promising New Year for Library Publishing

The year 2016 is coming to an end, and as many other organisations we’d like to take a look at what we have accomplished and give a glimpse of what might be on the agenda for 2017. It has been a productive year for Stockholm University Press, and we would like to share some insights and thoughts about what we have done so far.

We would also like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all the Authors, Editors and Reviewers (in the name of blinded peer-review, you know who you are!) working with us. You are the core of what we do, and we hope that the pleasure has been mutual.

Growing interest in Open Access books

The interest of publishing Open Access & peer-reviewed books is increasing, especially within the Humanities subject areas. The books catalogue of Stockholm University Press has grown, and we now have ten books in total. The most downloaded book has been Don’t Be Quiet, Start a Riot! By Tiina Rosenberg, which has been viewed/downloaded 319 times since its publication date (May 27th, 2016). All our books are citable by permanent linking (DOI) and are displayed public metrics of usage and interactions. The ten books have in total 1,135 downloads and online views in 2016.

Expanded journal networks

Stockholm University Press has added four journals to the list in 2016 which all originate from ideas by researchers at Stockholm University. Three of them are supported by a grant from the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Social Sciences and Humanities to help cover their publication costs and avoid author facing APC:s or to cover costs for digitisation of back volumes.

We encourage collaboration between journal editors across titles by organising journal editor workshops. The latest meeting addressed for example how the correction policy we implemented can be used in practice. Three of our journals have been listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and two have pending applications. The most downloaded article published in 2016 is ‘A Learning Activity Design Framework for Supporting Mobile Learning’ by Nouri et al. in Designs for Learning, with 1,286 article full text views and 160 pdf downloads.

Outreach activity

Our peer-review process for books have been presented at no less than two conferences (at Mötesplats Open Access 2016 in Swedish and at COASP 8 in English). Our press working model has been presented at the UKSG annual meeting, at IFLA Satellite Meeting in August and at the Regional LIBER days in Budapest and Ljubljana in September. We have also had visiting colleagues from Universidad Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona and the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen who have been interested to know more about how we work.

Future plans

We will continue to develop our online platform for management of the book publishing process & peer-review together with our service provider with the aim to make all our services easy to use for readers and authors. We will continue to work with electronic marketing via our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn). The collaboration with member organisations such as Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and Association of European University Presses (AEUP) will continue. For example we will host a members’ gathering of AEUP in May 2017 here in Stockholm to continue the international networking and build best practices together.

We will launch at least two more journal titles in 2017, and have eight accepted book proposals pending for full manuscript submission. Two more books are in the pipeline of publication shortly.

With all this done, we will now take a break over the Holiday season to rest on our laurels just briefly. The future seem promising, as the demand for Open Access publication is expected to increase with open policies being implemented from governments, universities, libraries and funders across the globe in order to open up access to research.

We hereby sincerely wish all our colleagues, friends, editors, authors and future collaborators Happy Holidays and a Fruitful New Year!

Sofie Wennström, Karl Edqvist, Christina Lenz, Birgitta Hellmark Lindgren and Martin Wincent of the Stockholm University Press team.


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