Sustainable journal financing through consortial support structures in small and interdisciplinary subjects

The project aims to improve the publication situation of scholar-led, non-APC open access gold journals through a consortial support structure. One thematic focus is on small, trans- and interdisciplinary subjects and communities, where already established funding options are not effective and the responsibilities are often unclear.

We will develop a reliable concept for a thematic, consortial support structure for the funding of such journals, implement (i.e. setup and stabilization) this support structure, derive strategies from accompanying research for the provision of support structures in small and interdisciplinary subjects, and finally transfer the consortial measures as well as recommendations for follow-up use to small and interdisciplinary subjects and communities.

Thus the project pilots a model of sustainable support for scholar-led, quality-assured OA journals especially in small, trans/interdisciplinary subjects and communities. In addition, it improves communication between central actors in the OA ecosystem: funding and research institutions, research societies, OA journals, and new publication projects are activated and being involved in the design of a sustainable support structure.

04.2021 – 03.2023

Marcel Wrzesinski
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Philipp Hess
Knowledge Unlatched

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