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A publisher in an academy commons is any entity that will ensure that outputs are open and FAIR

Any person, organization or other entity can make scholarly work public. As long as the criteria for FAIR output are met, this is considered publishing a work. There will be no action in academy commons that is restricted to publishing companies or entities that currently act as such (e.g. scholarly societies), nor are they excluded. In order to participate in academy commons, publishers must ensure that work adheres to ethical guidelines for treatment of human and animal subjects and reject work that does not.


Any person, organization or other entity (including publishing companies or entities that currently act as such, e.g. scholarly societies) will be welcomed in academy commons for providing services that help the publication, preservation, dissemination and assessment of scholarly work, as long as these services and the outputs they produce comply with principles the commons share. Commoners will, as a best practice, use publishers that are in line with their shared principles.


Good examples: preprint servers, overlay journals, open peer review platforms, The Winnower, Matters


Bad examples: journals not accepting articles made available as preprints, publishers restricting deposition of publication in a repository


How to assess:


--variety of publication forms, publication platforms

--variety in types and forms of publication that are accepted by funding agencies and tenure and promotion committees

--no restrictions made by publishers (of any kind) as to the use and reĀ­use of published work

--persistent versioning of scholarly works across publication platforms


Adapted from Version .05 Force11 Commons Principles


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Idea No. 36