SPARC Consulting Group

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The SPARC Consulting Group (SCG) provides business, financial, and strategic consulting services to universities and university presses, learned societies, and other academic and nonprofit organizations. It supports the development, launch and operation of scholarly communications projects by helping make them more competitive, financially self-sufficient, and better equipped to serve scholars and the marketplace.

SCG achieves these goals by offering services that include:

  • Strategic advice;
  • Conceptualization and preparation of business plans;
  • Market analysis and marketing plan development;
  • Pricing development;
  • Financial planning;
  • Policy analysis;
  • Feature/functionality review and planning; and
  • Other services.

Recent Projects

American Anthropological Association

Developed a comprehensive business plan to support funding of an online gateway to anthropological knowledge, including the development of a digital publishing program for AAA scholarly journals.


Developed business/strategic plans and economic models for new launch of bioscience journals aggregation; assisted in many aspects of development and start-up; long-term consulting on business and financial matters.


Provided business and strategic advice and developed pilot project plan and economic models for ancient Near Eastern studies project led by Vanderbilt University Libraries.

Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation

Authored business planning guides to facilitate the launch of new open access scholarly journals and the conversion of existing journals to an open access model.

Project Euclid

Provided business and strategic advice and developed business plan and economic models for mathematics and statistics journals aggregation led by Cornell University Libraries.

Participating Consultants

The SPARC Consulting Group provides access on a fee basis to qualified consultants acting as independent contractors. SCG consultants bring to their engagements in-depth experience with scholarly publishing, the library marketplace, and SPARC. Among the consultants currently working with SCG are:

Raym Crow

Raym Crow, a SPARC Consulting Group Senior Consultant, has over 18 years of experience in academic and professional publishing and information services, specializing in strategic business planning, publishing market analysis, and product development.

Greg Tananbaum

Greg Tananbaum joined the SCG as a Consultant in September 2007. Greg consults with publishers, technology companies, non-profit organizations, and other scholarly communication entities. He has served as the President of The Berkeley Electronic Press, as well as Director of Product Marketing for EndNote.
For more information, contact sparc [at] arl [dot] org.