Replicate Us

These posts chronicle the steps we’ve taken to set up mediastudies.press, at a granular level. The posts aren’t riveting reading, and for a reason: They’re intended to help other scholars establish their own nonprofit, open-access presses. We want to be replicated, and this blog is our documentation.

Biting the ISBN Bullet

For a small publisher, the ISBN is an expensive irritation. The book world relies on the International Standard Book Number for greasing the wheels of distribution and discoverability. The need for a numerical identifier is obvious, and the ISBN—in its 10- or 13-digit...

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Considering PubPub

We have written before about testing out Manifold, the polished open source, long-form publishing platform. The software is impressive, supports multimedia, and continues to receive regular updates from Cast Iron Coding. We have also discussed our testing of Janeway,...

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Crafting an OA Policy: Genuine Open Access Principles

In an earlier post, we explained our commitment to the principles elaborated by the Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA). As mediastudies.press gets closer to a formal launch, we decided to craft a formal statement of OA principles. In our research, we stumbled across...

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Using Github

We recently decided to move all of our public-facing documentation to Github—including this blog. It is a puzzling decision, at first glance. Why turn to a Microsoft-owned code repository to store and share materials related to scholarly publishing? One answer is that...

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Reinstalling Manifold

Manifold is the exceptional Mellon-funded digital publishing platform that we are using for our singles (i.e., non-serial) publications. Since our original installation, Manifold development has continued at a torrid pace, with a recent 2.0 release. Even better,...

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Planning for the Future: The Library Subsidy Model

In place of subscription revenue, most open access publishers charge article or book “processing charges.” These fees are meant to cover the very real costs of digital publishing, like copy editing and server maintenance. That sounds reasonable, since someone has to...

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Versions of Versions

Git version control The scholarly publishing infrastructure doesn’t handle updates well. The version-of-record ideology freezes a single instance in time. Corrections aside, that version remains the annointed “article” or “book” forever. There’s a carve out, in the...

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Obtaining ISBNs

An ISBN with barcode mediastudies.press has no plans for print, on-demand or otherwise, so the need for ISBNs isn’t obvious. The “book” label itself, in our vision, is a loose-fitting designator, since the length conventions that distinguish articles from books are...

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Crossref Membership

Crossref, like ORCID, is a crucial bit of the scholarly communication infrastructure—a non-profit that, in effect, assigns a unique ID to each and every scholarly work. It’s ORCID for publications, and the IDs it provides are the ubiquitious Digital Object Identifiers...

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Registering with ORCID

Many scholars are familiar with ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. For researchers, an ORCID ID provides a unique and persistent identity to attach to works, in a manner not unlike the DOI for articles. The nonprofit that operates the IDs,...

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