Stockholm University Press – one of the first Open Access University Presses in Sweden

I would like to present Stockholm University Press as one of the first Open Access University Presses in Sweden. As the Open Access paradigm shift is well under way; being a front runner in providing researchers with full open access for both books and articles to reasonable prices is something that drives everyone who works with Stockholm University Press.

Christina Lenz, Managing Editor Books at Stockholm University Press Photographer: Niklas Björling

The Vice Chancellor of Stockholm University decided in December 2012 to found an Open Access University Press at the Stockholm University Library.

In November 2014 the first Journal started and in January 2015 the first book was published. Since then the Press has eight journals and has published 13 books (one coming in December). We publish in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences from researchers all around the world.

Widest Possible Dissemination

Stockholm University Press aims to make journals and books affordable, and to enable the widest possible global dissemination so that researchers can find and access the information they need without barriers.

To ensure that all our journals and books are published under the terms of Creative Commons Licenses, and the copyright remains with authors. Our recommended license is CC-BY which is best aligned to the principles defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and recommended by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

The Press provides access to electronic journals and books free of charge in formats for reading on all devices (e.g. ePub, Kindle, HTML), and print on demand books at low prices, available at online book retailers.

Rigorous Peer Review and Publication Ethics

Our main focal points are rigorous peer review and we guarantee that all work we publish meets the highest academic standards. The minimum requirement is that reviewing is conducted by independent peers, and that editorial boards and editors (including series editors) should not act as main reviewers.

Our publishing committee consists of a majority of researchers from all faculties at Stockholm University. The press maintains close links with the Stockholm University Research Ethics committee to ensure that all publications are processed according to guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Professionalism and quality

Our editorial staff has many years of experience in academic publishing, who has worked with both books and magazines. There are staff with a Ph.D., as well as experienced communicators and designers.

Our main challenge is to convince researchers that it could benefit them to publish Open Access with us and that it will have the same impact, or even better, than to publish with traditional publishers. As part of the University Library, we can and must drive the Press without profit. We therefore publish results based on its quality and not profitability.

Christina Lenz
Managing Editor Books
Stockholm University Press
christina.lenz@su.se
Twitter: ChristinaLenz_

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