Small is big and slow is fast – Stockholm University press as a case study on library publishing

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Lenz, Christina
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IFLA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Library Publishing
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Stockholm University Press is a fully open access publisher hosted at Stockholm University Library, which was the first fully academic open access publisher in Sweden. The press was founded after a decision made by the Vice Chancellor of Stockholm University in December 2012. Today the press has 8 Journals and 26 published books, in 12 different book series, mainly in humanities and social sciences.This paper will focus on book publishing and how building up a research-driven university press was a slow and sometimes tortuous journey, which has resulted in a press with high quality publishing services. It will also show how a small university press can be an example of library publishing, and by thinking big be part of something bigger and give value to all involved.