Sustainability strategies for nonprofit publishers
Chain Bridge Group brings perspective and experience to deliver results-driven consulting services to all types of nonprofit organizations, including scholarly and scientific societies, university presses, and campus-based publishing initiatives.
Recent engagements include—
For the Association of American Universities & the Association of Research Libraries— Identified critical trends in the market environments for peer-reviewed journals and scholarly monographs, focusing on innovations in open access and alternative funding models.
For the ORCID Initiative— Analyzed the financial feasibility of ORCID—the Open Researcher & Contributor ID—a collaboration to develop an open, central registry pf unique author identifiers. The feasibility analysis provided the basis for securing investment from private and public sector funders.
For the eLife Initiative— Assessed the long-term financial sustainability of a new open-access journal sponsored by The Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Max Planck Society.
For the arXiv Initiative— Supported the Cornell University Library in designing a robust collective support model for the world's premier open repository of electronic preprints in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and other disciplines.
For the University Press Content Consortium— Assessed the revenue and risk implications of offering aggregated collections of university press ebooks. The resulting financial analysis facilitated the launch of the UPCC ebooks on Project Muse.
For BioOne— Developed a model that allows scientific and scholarly publishers to assess the potential implications of public-access mandates and open-access policies on journal subscription models.
For the Society of Architectural Historians— Assisted the Society in assessing the risks and benefits of moving its flagship journal online, and helped the Society identify a publishing partner capable of developing innovative multimedia features for the journal's online edition.
For the American Educational Research Association— Analyzed the performance of the Association's peer-reviewed journals as a basis for evaluating the benefit of outsourcing publishing services, and helped negotiate a successful agreement with an appropriate publishing partner.
For the Association of Research Libraries— Assessed the Association's publishing program costs, revenue, and pricing to ensure that it served ARL's mission, while achieving the program's financial objectives.
For the American Anthropological Association— Analyzed the revenue and cost trends of the AAA's portfolio of over 20 scholarly journals, and developed a 5-year financial projection.
For the University of California Press— Evaluated the feasibility of potential digital services to help the Press commit its resources to projects that served its mission and generated an economically viable return.
Other Chain Bridge Group clients include— American Council of Learned Societies American Historical Association American Museum of Natural History American Society of International Law American Sociological Association Archaelogy of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative (University Press of Colorado) Association of Jewish Studies Athabasca University Press Biological Bulletin (Marine Biological Laboratory) California Digital Library College Art Association Cornell University, Internet-First University Press Database of Classical Bibliography (American Philological Association) Dictionary of American Regional English (University of Wisconsin) EVIA Digital Archive (Indiana University) Georgia Tech Libraries International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (Boston University) Marine Biological Laboratory Medici Archive Project Middle East Studies Association National Communication Association New York University, Fine Art Institute New York University Press Open Society Foundation Pacific Sociological Association Purdue University Press St. Gall Plan Project, UCLA Society for Cinema & Media Studies UC College Prep Online University of Alberta Press University of Calgary Press University of Michigan, Scholarly Publishing Office Weed Science Society of America