Help me publish an academic journal.
January 12, 2010 3:10 PM Subscribe
I want to start an academic journal. Can I you offer some advice?
posted by wellsaid to grab bag (19 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a field that absolutely has a need for more peer reviewed journals. For example, papers can take as long as two years to appear in print after they are accepted for publication. Furthermore I have an idea for a publishing paradigm that would be new to this field. These two factors, I think, suggest that a new journal could be successful. (I am being cagey about details of the field because announcing too early can often be disastrous for a new business. The field is in the humanities.)
Of course, I have no idea how to go about getting started.
I know that I'll need to:
a) form a company,
b) get a website,
c) find peer reviewers,
d) do some PR, publish
(b) is not too hard (relatively speaking) and I've some experience with (d) from a previous job. Furthermore, (c) and (d) would seem to be secondary to (a). So I want to tackle that first.
Can anyone suggest a resource (on-line or off) for starting a publishing company, especially an academic one? Can you give advice on starting a business in general? (The company will be in Florida, USA.) Furthermore does there seem to you that there is anything that I've overlooked?
(I would especially like to establish contacts with anyone in academic publishing that is willing to serve as an adviser/mentor.)
I am aware that perhaps the main problem with academic publishing is dwindling markets and lack of revenue. I think that this can be partially mitigated by the publishing mechanism that I have in mind. However, if any librarians (since they are the main buyers of journals) would like to offer advice, I'd love to have it