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An Ecosystem Model of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Publisher ‘Tiers’: Publisher Size, Sustainability and Cultural Policy

Authors
  • Squires, Claire1
  • Markou, Helena1
  • 1 University of Stirling,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Publishing Research Quarterly
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
May 25, 2021
Pages
1–19
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12109-021-09811-y
PMCID: PMC8148394
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

This article establishes a quantitative and qualitative model of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) publisher ‘Tiers’, in order to enable researchers and cultural policy makers to have a more granular understanding of the impact of publisher size. Through an aggregated set of case studies deriving from the UK, the article also develops an understanding of how to build a cultural support model for publishing based on publisher size, sustainability and company life cycle. What the Tiers model underpins in terms of cultural policy funding for publishers is a rigorous and developmental sense of a publishing ecosystem, offering a framework which is attendant to industry and broader contexts, and enables cultural policy funding to take into account publisher development, challenge and growth.

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