Academic self-publishing?  Yes, it’s happening:

 

• (from 2012) https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/jan/09/academic-self-publishing-tips


• (from 2014) https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/17/self-publishing-option-academics-periphery


• (from 2014) http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/the-academics-guide-to-self-publishing/


• (from 2016) https://theresearchwhisperer.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/self-publishing/


• (and, from 2016) http://timothyharfield.com/blog/2016/01/24/why-academic-self-publishing-is-a-bad-idea-and-why-im-doing-it-anyway/

(Take note that the formatting costs quoted by his academic publisher—and passed on to the author—that Mr Harfield mentions are ridiculously overpriced!)