Rebels with a Cause? Supporting Library and Academic-led Open Access Publishing


  • Joe Deville Lancaster University
  • Jeroen Sondervan Utrecht University Library
  • Graham Stone Jisc
  • Sofie Wennström Stockholm University



Open Access publishing, Library publishing, Academic-led publishing


The authors, who all have experience with academic publishing, outline the landscape of new university and academic-led open access publishing, before discussing four interrelated sets of challenges which are often referred when questioning the viability of such publishing ventures. They are: (1) professionalism, (2) scale, (3) quality, and (4) discoverability & dissemination. The authors provide examples of how, albeit differing in size, form and ambition, these new presses are not just adhering to conventional publishing norms but often innovating in order to surpass them.


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Author Biographies

Joe Deville, Lancaster University

Joe Deville is a Lecturer based jointly in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.

Jeroen Sondervan, Utrecht University Library

Jeroen Open Access Publishing Consultant at Utrecht University.

Graham Stone, Jisc

Graham Stone is Senior Research Manager at Jisc Collections

Sofie Wennström, Stockholm University

Sofie Wennström works at Stockholm University Library with publishing and open access.



How to Cite

Deville, J., Sondervan, J., Stone, G., & Wennström, S. (2019). Rebels with a Cause? Supporting Library and Academic-led Open Access Publishing. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 29(1), 1–28.



Received 2019-03-22
Published 2019-09-26