Slide from lecture: View Dr Frances Pinter’s lecture on YouTube

The digital world is creating many new ways for the dissemination of publications to be ‘free to the end user’ while still respecting copyright and ensuring proper remuneration for creators and those engaged in the publishing process. The obstacles are neither technology nor shortage of business models, but rather practical ways of transforming existing policies and practices.

In November, the Queensland University of Technology Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group and the State Library of Queensland hosted a visit by distinguished publisher, Dr. Frances Pinter, who delivered a public lecture titled Transforming publishing- issues around policy, funding and publishers.

Dr. Pinter discussed some of the latest trends in publishing, including the development of transformative new business models that can help publishers and authors adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

The discussion was moderated by Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane, who recalled his own early thinking about open access- “focused on the journal literature” and monographs “way too hard”. A meeting with Frances Pinter changed Tom’s thinking and lead to QUTs participation in the KU consortia model.

Dr. Pinter set the scene by commencing with the “whacky idea” that brought publishers and libraries together in the Knowledge Unlatched model and finishing with the resulting model for Knowledge Unlatched.

Among the many issues explored, Dr. Pinter provided her insights into:

Slide from lecture: The Knowledge Unlatched model

  • the character and purpose of the monograph in the humanities and social science research and publishing to show how it fits into the bigger picture of publishing;
  • author attitudes to open access and how they are influenced by success stories and evidence of the benefits of OA
  • Creative Commons licensing and the need to respect authors’ choice of licence, particularly as it applies to OA monographs
  • the elements of create a well-ordered open access publishing ecosystem
  • what should be retained and what should be discarded to create a successful open access publishing future.

You can listen to Dr Pinter’s lecture on YouTube.

Frances Pinter was the first woman to establish her own publishing company in the UK. In the years that followed, she became a major force in the evolution of academic publishing. In 2012, Dr Pinter founded Knowledge Unlatched (KU) a not-for-profit organisation which implemented an innovative approach to open access publishing (with support from QUT and other Australian institutions). Knowledge Unlatched devises and implements new business models for scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that facilitate sustainable publishing on open access licenses. You can read more about KU vision here.

Contributed by Nicolas Suzor and Nerida Quatermass

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