If it can’t be fixed, it might be time for something new

As a child, I would take things apart to see what made them work, only to be reprimanded for disassembling things that were working perfectly well. Later in life, while working for a learned society, my curiosity turned towards academic publishing. I wanted to learn the minutia of how it worked, from start to finish, from idea generation to dissemination, to the regenerating cycle science relies on to move the boundaries of knowledge forward.

In the course of my career, I discovered the true state of academic publishing to be broken – badly broken.  I am now working to fix it.

When developing Glasstree, we consulted with the academic community to identify their publishing needs. Glasstree launched late 2016 and recently added options for Open Access publishing (we are now proud members of OpenAIRE). Our consultations with the academic and educational communities continue to inform Glasstree’s development as we look towards the future of academic publishing.

We recently surveyed a cross-section of academics and educators in preparation for the London Book Fair. The survey focused on the publishing behaviors of academics, as well as their aspirations and disappointments.  The infographic below summarizes our findings. From this data, we can conclude that academic authors are not pleased with their publishing experiences.

Some of the findings affirmed our vision for publishing’s future, and some confirmed our belief that traditional publishing is not serving authors as it should. More than 80% of academic authors surveyed are dissatisfied with the poor level of control they have over the publishing process, perhaps precipitated by the fact that an author loses control (and ownership) of his/her content when it’s traditionally published.


Since 83% of respondents indicated that academic publishing, in its existing form, must change, Glasstree will continue our efforts enabling authors to publish independently, with the same tools and services offered by a traditional publisher, but with benefits not currently available from these same publishers – i.e. speed to market, 70% of royalty payments returned to the author (or their designated institution), complete control and transparency of the publishing process, etc.

We welcome your feedback and invite you to take a look at Glasstree – www.glasstree.com.


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Daniel Berze
Senior VP of Academic Publishing, Glasstree


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