The Roma TrE-Press project was launched in 2013 within the activities of the Roma Tre University Library System, and the first Series and Periodicals of the university were published. Since its beginning the project followed the open access principles making its editorial digital products accessible to everybody, anywhere, any time. The reasons are similar to those which have inspired other European universities: Academic research is financed by public resources. It is necessary that its results be accessible to everyone, without expensive intermediations of third parties. This is made possible by digital technologies.
At the same times the broadest dissemination, towards the public at large, falls within the “third mission” of universities. In times of growing budget cuts, digital publishing, furthermore, reduces the costs that have to be borne universities.
In its first five years Roma TrE-Press published nearly 100 volumes. The growing requests by the researchers of Roma Tre University, the success of the initiative (over 150.000 downloads) prompted the University to entrust, from Autumn 2018, the e-press activity to its Roma Tre-Education Foundation, devoted to the use of digital technologies in education and research.
The guidelines followed by Roma TrE-Press are:
- Full autonomy of the University Departments and Centres in the choice of what deserves to be published. Roma TrE-Press strongly encourages the adoption of current best practices to ensure the quality of the research, in coherence with the standards followed in each scientific community.
- The openness towards authors and institutions not belonging to Roma Tre University, with the aim of aggregating and promoting quality research.
- The care – expressly conferred upon Roma TrE-Press – for the graphic aspects of the publications (covers and typesetting) coherently with a century-old tradition of books seen also as an artistic and aesthetic product.
- The further promotion of general policies of open access directed towards other academic institutions, coherently with the principle set out in Article 9 of the Italian Constitution: “The Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research”.