Special Issue "Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing"
A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: scholarly communication; business information literacy; information needs of entrepreneurs; marketing library services
As the number of universities, libraries, and students continue to increase, growth in scholarly publishing is likely to continue. However, digital technology in academic publishing has rendered old business models obsolete. Demand for traditional printed books is influenced by electronic books, print-on-demand services, book rental options and sales of individual book chapters. An increased demand for instant access to scholarly journals, with their double-digit annual price increases, is putting even greater pressure on library budgets and the purchase of scholarly works. Clearly, traditional business models for academic publishing are no longer sustainable. Innovative business models are needed to capture value from new digital publishing technologies. Open access, print on demand, hybrid publishing, agile publishing, digital archives and open data curation are examples of new digital publishing models—but none of these can address all aspects of this dynamic industry.
Scholars generally agree that value proposition, value creation and value capture are essential components of a business model. Value proposition refers to the value the organization delivers to its clients. Value creation is the process of developing new business opportunities, products and services. Value capture mechanisms address financial benefits or profitability.
This Special Issue invites authors to submit articles that examine new or alternative forms of digital academic publishing—with an emphasis on describing the business model that will make this new form sustainable. Topics may include, but are not be limited to, one or several of the listed keywords below.
Ms. Karen I. MacDonald
Ms. Virginia Dressler
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Publications is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Academic digital publishing
- Digital publishing strategies—open access, print on demand, hybrid publishing, agile publishing
- Business model framework
- Value proposition
- Library and university press collaborations
- New or alternative forms of academic publication