Recently I have been thinking about the possible role of universities as publishers.
Imagine a university using its infrastructure to host a (specialized or mega-) journal. The publisher would have in-house experts that would serve as editors and reviewers, professionals that would help copy-editing, proofreading, and type-setting, and librarians who would keep the scholarly record up to date.
Such an arrangement would incentivize the development and adoption of alternative ways of presenting reearch output. For instance, data and materials would be hosted on the same servers that host the final paper, thus increasing openness and reproducibility. There could be large-scale experiments with interactive publications, similarly to what eLife is piloting in collaboration with Substance and Stencila (I presented a much simpler proof of concept at SIPS2018)
Perhaps this could even be a long-term goal of IGDORE: host the product of all researchers affiliated with the institution, require data sharing, and visualize the output interactively.
What do you think?