Experimentation in the Open Access Monograph Market: The Future of Open Publication

Sponsored by Project Muse

Recorded on 04/23/2018
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 37

This week Wendy Queen, Director of Project MUSE; Barbara Kline Pope, Director of Johns Hopkins University Press; Dean Smith, Director of Cornell University Press; and Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries offer their thoughts on the future of open publication and the tension between the ideology behind open publication and the practical considerations that must go into any business decision. They talk about the ways ideology and practicality can complement each other and how publishers, aggregators, and libraries need to work together to reduce the need for redundant deposit. They also discuss how—especially in the humanities and social sciences—educating authors about the reach and access open publication provides is part of an ongoing process that’s only just beginning.


About the guests:

Wendy Queen is the Director of Project MUSE, and served as Deputy Director of MUSE beginning in 2014, prior to which she held progressive responsibilities at Johns Hopkins University Press, including Associate Director, Publishing Technologies. Wendy’s many activities in the scholarly publishing community include involvement in the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). She has served on the COUNTER Board for over ten years, and is also a member of the North American Steering Group of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Barbara Pope is the Director of Johns Hopkins University Press. Prior to her role at Johns Hopkins she served as Executive Director of the National Academies Press since 1997. Before becoming Executive Director she served in a variety of roles at the National Academies Press and at Washington, D.C. press, the publishing division of the National Academies.

Dean Smith is Director of Cornell University Press—the first university press in the U.S.—and oversees a program that publishes 130 new books a year and features 3,000 titles in print. His career in publishing spans 30 years and includes experience in scholarly, STM, trade and association-based publishing in a variety of roles. Dean Smith brings a wealth of experience in leading digital publishing initiatives, global sales and marketing expertise, and strategic planning skills. At Project MUSE from 2010-15, he helped launched the University Press Content Consortia—a multi-publisher e-book initiative which features 45,000 eBooks to sit alongside 600 scholarly journals on the leading digital platform in the humanities and social sciences. In the Fall of 2013, Smith published Never Easy, Never Pretty (Temple University Press) and the second edition of Football in Baltimore (The Johns Hopkins University Press) about the history of the Baltimore Ravens and their 2012 Super Bowl season.

Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He also serves on the National Museum and Library Services board.


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About the Music:
The intro and outro music in The Authority File is “Grapes,” mixed by I dunno. The transition music is “Peace ( There’s A better Way ),” mixed by Loveshadow. The music is available on ccMixter, and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (cc-by 4.0).