Is There a Place for Independent Publishing in the Academic World?

Is There a Place for Independent Publishing in the Academic World?

15 Mar 2017, 17:30 - 18:30

The Faculty


This seminar is programmed by Glasstree.

In the trade book publishing sector, the emergence of independent publishing is perhaps the single most disruptive trend of recent years. Technology has empowered writers to publish their work professionally, affordably, expediently, across multiple formats and into different geographical territories, and to profit from it. But while this significant revolution has been taking place, the model for academic monographs and books has largely remained unscathed, with the largest scholarly publishers still monopolising the market and the academic community still tied to traditional processes, which have been in place for years.

In this debate, we will discuss independent publishing in the context of the academic publishing market. The panel, which will consist of leading academics, prominent voices from scholarly publishing and newly launched independent academic publisher Glasstree, will tackle the following questions: Is independent publishing the solution many frustrated academics have been waiting for in order to share their work? Can academics retain more control over their research through independent publishing?  And what are the main challenges which will need to be addressed and overcome in order for independent publishing to become accepted within academia?



  • Daniel Berze


    VP Academic Publishing

    Glasstree Academic Publishing

  • Phill Jones


    Director of Publishing Innovation

    Digital Science

    Phill has spent much of his career working on projects to accelerate science through improved communication. He was the first Editorial Director at...

  • Martyn Lawrence


    Publishing Manager

    Royal Armouries Museum

  • Nigel Lee



    Glasstree Academic Publishing

  • Alastair Horne




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