What services should a publisher offer?
There are multiple types of publishers that differ in their approaches and operating models but offer broadly similar services. These include commercial publishers, university presses, new university presses (NUPs), academic-led presses (ALPs), also known as scholar-led presses, and library publishing.
Most reputable publishers offer a range of services, typically including:
- Peer review
- Editorial support in developing the manuscript (usually in response to peer review)
- Producing editions in a range of formats (e.g., paperback, hardback, ePub, MOBI, PDF, XML, HTML)
- Metadata tagging
- Distribution to sales outlets and libraries
- Reporting the book’s usage (impact)
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