The Innovation Training Network strives to help professions old and new excel in their field through training, information, and knowledge sharing. Part of this effort includes providing a forum for academics and professionals to share what they know, driving growth and innovation across many aspects of industry and academia.
Glasstree’s own Daniel Berze was in attendance for the event, and Glasstree live-Tweeted from the event.
Glasstree highlighted a few of the major takeaways and questions these panel discussions touched on. Today, let’s look at a couple of these tweets in greater detail:
— Glasstree (@glasstreedotcom) June 8, 2017
This is a concern for all in academia. As a student or researcher nears the end of their studies, they must consider what will come next. Taking a thesis or research study and publishing it is a logical step of course. The question ends up; how to publish?
Traditionally, all members of academia would use one of the major academic publishing houses to publish their work. This model was the settled upon method for sharing their knowledge and developing their reputation as a scholar. Reputation is critical, as an academic’s reputation and the representation of their past work will be a major factor in their aim to receive a position or funding for future work.
What the traditional model lacks, and what Glasstree provides, is control and freedom. As the Internet continues to enable people of all stripes to contribute and develop content without the aid of previously integral publishers, scholars and researchers can retain control and profits from their hard work. And with self-publishing tools boasting similar market penetration in regard to Open Access and discoverability to traditional publishers, the trend toward self-publishing is only going to increase.
While it may be true that a self-published academic work will not come with the label a traditional publisher provides, the author’s ability to control their work will appeal all the more to universities and other entities in need of quality material. Scholars rarely care who publishes knowledge; what matters to them is that the knowledge is well reasoned, accurate, and complete. What better way to maintain these high standards than to take complete control of your research and ensure it is published exactly as you present it?
— Glasstree (@glasstreedotcom) June 7, 2017
The world is changing. This has always been the case, but today’s world is changing at a staggering rate. Communication is the medium of choice, and information the currency of the future. Academics need to be keenly aware of the way communication and information exchange is growing.
Particularly through social media forums (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) academics have a means to reach a broad and diverse audience. Most schools and universities maintain mailing lists of alumni (something an individual scholar may not have access too), but there is often a corresponding Facebook group or online forum open to the public. As a scholarly writer, these kind of online venues can mean numerous additional readers. Not utilizing this kind tool is no longer an option.
— Glasstree (@glasstreedotcom) June 7, 2017
Return on investment is of the utmost importance. Perhaps the only element of academic publishing more important is the free and open dissemination of information. But even then, an academic must live. They must pay bills and put food on the table.
The traditional publishing model skews earnings to the publishers, denying the author a generous share of income they should have access too. There is no reason academics should be expected to study, research, and write their work, then accept a pittance when the work is distributed. Not to mention that the work is in the hands of the publisher, and at their mercy prior to release.
The market for academic publishing is rich and growing. Now is the time for academics – from students, to researchers, to educators – to retake control and break free from the bonds of traditional publishers.
Glasstree enables academics to make a significant profit from their own work, reversing the traditional academic publishing revenue model, which typically pays authors an average of just 9% royalties, to offer 70% of the profits from sales. Its accelerated speed-to-market allows academics to publish their research in a matter of days or weeks, sharing their insights in record time.
For more details on Glasstree Academic Publishing, please visit https://www.glasstree.com/