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Questions to guide good practice

  • Does the business model include fair payment for the necessary work associated with running the press? Is volunteer labour kept to a minimum? 

  • Has a decision been made about whether all digital formats will be made available for free? 

  • If BPCs are used, how are they structured? Are editorial decisions made independently of the availability of BPC funding? Are all fees and any potential waivers clearly stated on the publisher’s website?

  • Has due consideration been given to consortial funding models – including crowdfunding and the membership model – as a viable source of funding?

  • How compatible are the values of intermediaries used to generate or manage revenue with that of your press? If compromises need to be made, have all options been fully considered?