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Scott Delman

Scott Delman

Director of Publications, Association for Computing Machinery
Scott Delman has been working in the scholarly publishing industry for over 25 years and currently serves as the Director of Publications for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), where he has overall responsibility for editorial, content development, publications policy, rights & permissions, production, Digital Library sales & marketing, and publications strategy, including ACM’s longterm transition to Open Access. Prior to joining ACM, Scott served in a number of senior and executive level management positions at Springer and Kluwer, including Vice President for Publishing and Vice President for Electronic Publishing at Kluwer Academic Publishers and Vice President for Business Development at Springer before leaving and joining ACM in 2007. In addition to his current role at ACM, Scott is actively involved in the governance of a number of the scholarly publishing industry’s most innovative and impactful non-profits, including Crossref, where Scott serves as the organization's Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, CHORUS, where Scott serves as Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, arXiv, where Scott serves as a Member of the Member Advisory Board, and as a Member of the Portico Advisory Committee.

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From Partisan to Partnership


Release Date: 08/03/2020, Colleen Campbell, Sara Rouhi, Ellen Finnie, Vivian Berghahn, Curtis Brundy, Scott Delman, Ivy Anderson

In the wake of OA2020 and Plan S, publishers are increasingly under pressure to enter into transformative agreements that transparently shift their business model from subscription to one based on open access publishing services. Embarking on such a transition can be extremely daunting for publishers, considering their rightful concern over long-term economic sustainability. Other issues have also become apparent. Many publishers and libraries lack the business knowledge to match author affiliations with subscription revenues/costs. Large publishers may be ready for a cost-neutral transformative agreement based on per-article charges, but an APC-based model may not work for other publishers/disciplines/institutions. Past attrition rates and subscription price increases have made both publishers and libraries wary. And the historic transactional relationship between publishers and libraries has given little opportunity to develop trust. Yet in recent months, a growing number of publishers have chosen the path of absolute customer engagement and transparency in order to define the terms of a new economic model or transformative agreement. This panel will offer perspectives from successful publisher-library collaborations that have led to forward-looking agreements and new business models. Panellists, comprising sets of publisher-library dyads, will share their insights into how transparency and trust transformed their relationships from partisan contracting parties into collaborative partnerships.