Open access monograph

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An open access monograph is a scholarly monograph which is made freely available with a creative commons licence.[1]

Concept[edit]

Open access is when academic research is made freely available for anyone to read and re-use.[2] As with open access journals, there are different business models for funding open access books, including publication charges, institutional support, library publishing, and consortium models.[3] OECD Publishing uses a freemium model by making its books available online in HTML with the option to purchase a print copy.[3] There is some evidence that making electronic editions of books open access can increase sales of the print edition.[4]

History[edit]

While open access to journal articles has become very common, with 50% of articles published in 2011 available as open access,[5] open access to books has not yet seen as much uptake.[6] However, there are dedicated open access book publishers such as Open Book Publishers and others who publish both books and journals, such as Open Humanities Press.[7] A report released in 2015 by the UK's main funding body for research, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, states the importance of open access monographs:[8] "Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access."[9]

The Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) project provides access to hundreds of peer-reviewed academic books, mainly in the humanities and social sciences.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Budapest Open Access Initiative | Budapest Open Access Initiative". www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities". Max Planck Open Access. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ferwerda, Eelco (2014). "Open access monograph business models" (PDF). Insights. 27. ISSN 2048-7754. doi:10.1629/2048-7754.118. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Suber, Peter (2012). Open access. MIT Press. p. 107. ISBN 9780262517638. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Archambault, Eric; Amyot, Didier; Deschamps, Philippe; Nicol,, Aurore; Rebout, Lise; Roberge, Guillaume (August 2013). "Proportion of Open Access Peer-Reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels—2004-2011" (PDF). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Collins, Ellen; Milloy, Caren (2012). "A snapshot of attitudes towards open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences – part of the OAPEN-UK project" (PDF). Insights. 25 (2). doi:10.1629/2048-7754.25.2.192. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Bonn, Maria. "Free exchange of ideas Experimenting with the open access monograph". College & Research Libraries News. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Monographs and open access: A report to HEFCE" (PDF). August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Monographs and open access". August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Joining OAPEN". OAPEN. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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