In the Jan. 2013 plenary session, as Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) President Tordis Isselhardt quietly listed to the presentation of how we created the Peeragogy Handbook. During the Q&A, Isselhardt spoke up and wondered if peer-learning effort in IPNE might be more likely to succeed if the organization’s members “focused around a specific project.” As this lightbulb illuminated the room, those of us attending the plenary session suggested that IPNE could focus the project by creating an “Independent Publishing Handbook.” (applause).
In the course of creating the IPNE Handbook, peer learners would assemble resource repositories, exchange expertise, and collaboratively edit documents. To provide motivation and incentive to participate in PeerPubU, members of the association will earn authorship credit for contributing articles, editor credit for working on the manuscript, and can spin off their own chapters as stand-alone, profit-making publications. See plenary session video.