Welcome to the age of academic-led journal publishing.

Scholars and academic institutions are committed to making research more affordable and accessible - they should be the ones controlling journals, not corporate publishers. Academic-led publishing is about learned societies, universities, and groups of scholars taking back control of research by using software and services to publish modern journals on their own.

Why Academic-Led Journal Publishing: Liberating research with tools and services

There's a new phenomenon in the realm of academic journal publishing, which has long been ruled by a handful of corporate publishers commanding profit margins in excess of 30%: in recent years, learned societies, libraries, and groups of scholars have begun taking back control of academic journals by flipping corporate-run journals to academic-led publishing models and launching new open access titles online.

Could enough brave academic-led publishing Davids take on Goliath publishers like Elsevier? While disparities of size may make this matchup seem near impossible, it’s important to remember that it’s not always the magnitude of a competitor that determines their success, but rather the tools they use. The internet is making research dissemination easy and affordable, so that even the leanest of publishers can prevail. Why academic-led publishing? And why now? One word: technology.

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Case Study: How Internet Mathematics is Publishing Solo

See why Internet Mathematics transitioned to an academic-led journal publishing model after their publisher decided to discontinue the journal.

Anthony Bonato

"It was a very well-ranked journal with a high-quality editorial board. But financial pressures in publishing helped dictate that decision. I was aware of what Timothy Gowers - Field Medalist and highly respected mathematician - had done during what was referred to as the Academic Spring when there was pushback on the transfer of copyright issue that many journal publishers - Elsevier and others - were involved in. [...] What I’ve said repeatedly, including when I pitched this to our managing editors, is that what researchers want is access to papers. [...] They’re less concerned about the publisher, but more concerned with the editorial quality of the journal."

Anthony Bonato


Internet Mathematics

How publishing services can lower academic journal costs

Björn Brembs, Professor of Neurogenetics at the University of Regensburg and OA advocate, discusses why he believes academic journals should switch to service-based publishing models.


“What we have now is a status quo that is a potential threat to the entire scientific endeavor, both from an access perspective and from a content perspective, and the three models being pushed as potential solutions are not sustainable, either. The need for drastic reform has never been so pressing.

Only the existing model of Scholastica, Ubiquity, etc. is sustainable, as it allows for switching publication services, without interruption of service or access to content. Publishing in the future will be a service, not a content-hoarding-and-extortion business.”

Björn Brembs

Professor of Neurogenetics at Universität Regensburg

How to start or flip an open access journal: Academic-led publishing primer

Are you working with an institution or group of scholars that is starting an open access (OA) journal, or that is planning to transition an existing journal to an OA publishing model? You’re not alone. More and more academic institutions and scholars are launching academy-owned journals and flipping paywalled titles to OA models.

Whether you’re launching a new journal or flipping an existing one, we know there is much to consider. In this blog post, we break out all the steps you need to know to get a publication up and running.

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Join the academic-led OA publishing movement like these journals

Join the movement of university libraries, academic institutions, and scholars running OA journals

The Essentials of Academic-Led Journal Publishing Guide is full of examples and resources to help scholars and institutions run academy-owned journals.