Resources for creating a more sustainable and equitable academic publishing system.

Current Challenges

The traditional system of academic publishing, in which scholars submit their work to a journal that is supported by library subscriptions, is no longer sustainable. During the last few decades of the twentieth century journal publishers merged and raised subscription prices far above inflation rates. Many academic library systems are no longer able to afford these prices, and some libraries and scholars are beginning to boycott these publishers altogether. Many libraries are increasingly favoring alternative business models that bundle together fees for subscription and publishing. These models often result in Open Access readership.

Open Access

Open Access is a common end goal among academic publishing stakeholders, but there is not yet a one-size-fits-all economic model that is both equitable and sustainable. Here are some suggested readings on Open Access issues.

Unlocking your work

A few ways to help ensure your scholarship reaches the widest audience:

  1. Deposit a publicly-accessible post-print copy of your work in the Digital Repository.  Many publishers permit the deposit of the post-print or manuscript version of an article. This is the post-peer reviewed version but *not* the final published copy. You can look up your publisher’s policies by searching the Sherpa/Romeo database.  then submit your work directly to the Digital Repository.
  2. Seek out publishers and Open Access journals that have more lenient distribution policies and submit your work to these publishers first. Use the Sherpa/Romeo database or the Directory of Open Access Journals to find Open-Access minded publishers for your discipline.
  3. Negotiate with your journal or monograph  publisher upfront to retain your copyrights. Read more about this from SPARC and use their Author Addendum with publishers.

Faculty publications recently added to the Digital Repository

Trinity’s Institutional Repository is a digital archive that showcases and provides access to scholarly and creative works by Trinity College community members. Works in the Repository are open to anyone on or off campus, resulting in increased readership and visibility.