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What’s Next For OA?

Open Access publishing models are a business reality in 2015 for an ever-growing number of scientific and scholarly publishers. Article Processing Charges (APCs) are making OA possible, but the revolutionary changes propelled by Open Access business models touch every aspect of publishing. New customers. New operations. New compliance requirements. New problems. The OA Challenge in […]

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The Copyright Conundrum

Publishing today confronts a paradox: The digital revolution has transformed the act of copying from complicated to commonplace; yet authors and publishers must rely upon copyright – essentially, control over copy-making and distribution of their works – as the essential basis for conducting business. An industry built upon creativity, inspiration and innovation now stands accused […]

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On Double Duty: Open Standards & Open Access

In laboratories and universities, Open Access can make for a two-headed menace.  Funding mandates for publishers and authors that require Open Access policies feed one head of this double dragon. Compliance reporting obligations for institutions feed the other. “We can minimize these problems and overcome many of these issues by identifying and describing our shared data […]

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Rights On The Money

In the book world, the shoeboxes are legendary. They are where so many authors’ contracts and other legal instruments often ended up – an ad hoc filing system that worked reliably well, at least in the days before digital. Rights and permissions staff long struggled with cast-off cartons because they had little choice. Other areas […]

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Making Open Access Work

For scholarly and scientific publishing, business models are shifting and changing dramatically. Research funding organizations primarily in the UK and US, but elsewhere in Europe and Asia as well, increasingly require unfettered access for the public to the research they have funded in academic laboratories. Failure to comply with such mandates puts future funding at […]

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The Global Licensing Landscape

At last week’s Buying & Selling Content 2015, attendees heard presenters from start-ups, international marketing agencies and leading publishers enumerate the new rules of buying and selling content. From data licensing and copyright to mobile, apps, and SaaS platforms, the conference – organized by SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association – addressed a range of […]

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Best of BTB: Recycle, Remix, Resell

From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What […]

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Open Access Is A Business Now

According to a recent industry report from Simba Information, Article Processing Charges (APCs) – the fees that publishers collect from authors for making their work available under “Open Access” rules – are expected to grow 80% from 2014 to 2017. Indeed, the report projects OA publishing revenues will rise at a pace far faster than […]

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Open Access And Societies – Case Studies For Success

While Open Access is helping mission-driven publishing societies to disseminate knowledge, it is also causing them to re-evaluate their financial business models. On Tuesday, October 21, Deni Auclair, Vice President & Lead Analyst, Outsell Inc.; Esmeralda Galán Buchanan, Journals Director, American Cancer Society; Rachel Burley, Vice President & Director of Open Access, John Wiley & […]

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Congrats, You’ve Got a New Media Hit!

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it,” declared H. James Harrington, a performance improvement guru. In 2014, new media is a viable […]

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