Jobs: General Linguistics: Business Economist, Language Science Press

University or Organization: Language Science Press
Job Location: Berlin, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Business Economist
Job Rank: Business Economist

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


Language Science Press is a publication unit at the Freie Universität Berlin that is exploring a completely new publication model for linguistics books, with support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). We aim to publish high-quality open-access books and want to be seen by academic linguists as competitive with the major international publishers. We believe that most of the traditional services of book publishers are now done more efficiently by science organizations themselves, and that it will be possible to organize book publication in such a way that neither readers nor authors are charged. This requires community involvement and the development of certain technical skills, but we think that many linguists are willing to support and adopt the new publication model.

The DFG grant money will be used to develop a sustainable business model for this publication unit and standards for LaTeX to ebook/XML conversion, for enrichement of XML, and for setting up databases with linguistic examples that are automatically extracted from our books and automatically annotated for phenomena and languages.

The open source publishing software Open Monograph Press will be extended by Open Review modules, community reviewing and versioning and gamification aspects. Please refer to the grant proposal for further details.

We are hiring four people for two years starting in April or Mai 2014.
The position described here (position 4) is responsible for documenting the financial aspects of our project in order to find out the real costs of OA publishing. The DFG wants us to develop a sustainable business model and the business economist’s task is to monitor this process. This position is a part-time position (negotiable).

– MA in relevant area
– Interest in new funding models for creative works in general (crowdfunding, micropayments)
– Understanding of the roles of different actors in the publishing world

Payment is according to TVL 13 payscale. The actual payment depends on experience.

Language Science Press is an equal rights enterprise, so applications by women are explicitly encouraged. Those who are interested should contact Stefan Müller as quickly as possible.

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Sebastian Nordhoff

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