You may want to consider what authoring and publishing platforms you're in a position to support in your publishing program. Some programs leave it up to the author to work in whatever program they're comfortable in. However, that may mean a lot of editing and formatting for someone else in order to make the textbook accessible or available in a clean, portable format. There are many, many publishing platforms and tools. A few are frequently leveraged for open textbook production, and those are highlighted here.
It takes diverse expertise to produce a consistent, quality publication. In addition to the author, there are typically many other people involved in textbook production. Involving as many people in these key roles as possible per project will result in a consistent publication. You may have in-house expertise in the areas listed below, or choose to work with freelancers.
Rebus Projects (Links to an external site.) is a platform you can use to guide open textbook projects through the publishing workflow. It also makes it easy to find, recruit, and organize collaborators. In other words, it is a tool for launching, developing and sharing open textbooks. In addition, it can be leveraged with any publishing platform. While it is easily integrated with Pressbooks, a book publishing platform, it can also be your project management tool of choice regardless of how you ultimately publish a project. [Adapted from Defining Your Role (Links to an external site.) in Authoring Open Textbooks by Open Textbook Network (CC BY (Links to an external site.)]
Open Textbook Production Checklist (a Google Doc)
Once you've selected your faculty authors, it'll be important to establish a contract with authors that aligns with your institution's policies while allowing the author to share the work as openly as they desire. The Adaptable OER Publishing Agreement (Links to an external site.) (CC BY) was designed to be a starting point for higher education institutions that want to contract with their faculty to create OER.
Putting the Adaptable OER Publishing Agreement to use will be a valuable process. Not only will it clarify expectations, but it will spell out who owns the copyright and reflect what faculty union/bargaining agreements may allow at your institution.
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Here are a few institutional examples to check out:
In addition, here is a Sample Manuscript Information Sheet (Links to an external site.) from the Library Publishing Curriculum (CC BY).