I just want to link here to Michael Gurevich’s comments about investigating a NIME journal start
Michael’s excellent comment articulated some of the practical concerns and costs about starting a journal at a university publishing house. This reminds me of some of our community discussions about changing to a media-rich publishing platform for the conference. In both cases, the technical solutions haven’t seemed right to solve our problems, and the costs do not seem like a good investment.
The product that the university publishers are selling (basically boils down to managed hosting of PDFs, registering DOIs, and potentially better indexing - unless I’m missing something important) doesn’t solve a problem we have.
As a community we have been very successful at hosting a folder of PDFs on the internet for quite some time now. We have also found a solution for registering DOIs, and are chipping away at various indexing solutions. As we found when looking at publishing platforms, there isn’t a clear solution to our ambitions for media-rich WYSIWIG publication.
As far as I can tell, the two most valuable things we can hope to gain from a journal are 1) the opportunity to accept papers all year round (not coupled to the conference), and 2) to have a longer and more careful editorial process with multiple revisions that could be open to different styles of writing than the typical tight 4-6 page NIME paper.
(I could add somewhat cynically that a publication with “Journal of…” in front of it seems to be worth substantially more to some than any “Proceedings of…” no matter what the comparative impact/relevance/prestige of the two might be.)
The above two things actually can’t be bought.
All we need for these great outcomes are a team of volunteers in place to handle the editorial tasks, a community of folks to submit manuscripts and, perhaps at risk of over simplifying things, an email address to send them to? I think that our community can very much handle these things!