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Scholarly Kitchen Webinar: The Future of Publisher Independence in a Consolidated Scholarly Ecosystem

Scale and consolidation are the driving forces in today’s scholarly publishing ecosystem. Mergers and acquisitions are happening at an ever-increasing pace as the largest of publishers grow larger. Key pieces of publishing infrastructure and promising new startups are being purchased and integrated with the offerings of the largest commercial players. What does this mean for the independent scholarly publisher, the research society with journals, and the university press? Can one remain independent while relying on competitors for mission-critical services? How will libraries cope with “Big Deals” growing even bigger and reaching into every aspect of the research workflow? Join us for a conversation on the future of independence.


  • Angela Cochran, Associate Editor, The Scholarly Kitchen and Journals Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers


  • Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer, PLOS
  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library and affiliate faculty in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press