OAPEN Newsletter - December 2012

Workshop OAPEN-NL

On the 4th of October the second OAPEN-NL workshop was held in The Hague, hosted by NWO. Attendants were representatives of the participating publishers, NWO, SURF and OAPEN-NL. Special guest Caren Milloy (JISC Collections) reported about OAPEN-UK, the sister pilot being undertaken in the UK. Her presentation can be found here.

The preliminary results of the Dutch project were presented at the workshop. Although these results are not final yet, it is clear that OA has a positive effect on discovery and usage and that so far there is no evidence of a negative effect on sales. The workshop was also used to introduce CrossMark as a possible solution for quality assurance for OA books. OAPEN-UK and OAPEN-NL will co-operate to implement and test CrossMark for the OA books taking part in both pilots.

Minutes, presentations, agenda, and information about the implementation of CrossMark can be found here.

OASPA Session about OA Books

At the 4th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP 2012, 19–21 September), Eelco Ferwerda chaired a session on OA books: “Results from the DOAB and OAPEN”. The main focus was on how stakeholders see Open Access books. Caren Milloy presented findings from OAPEN-UK and Janneke Adema reported on an online discussion on DOAB. A panel discussion focused on the requirements for Open Access books and on the potential role of OASPA in establishing standards for Open Access book publishing.

See Janneke Adema’s OASPA blog post for a more elaborate account of the session.


The Directory of Open Access Books has won the award for "Best New Product" from The Charleston Advisor. According to the journal, DOAB “shows that the Open Access movement is as alive and well for books as it is for journals.” The full article is available here.

The final report of the DOAB User Needs Analysis has been released in November. This report is based on the experiences, needs, and expectations of users as they emerged from a survey, an online discussion, and abovementioned panel at the OASPA conference. The report addresses user perceptions and needs about the following subjects:

  • Open Access and Open Access books
  • Quality and peer review procedures
  • Copyright policies
  • Platform usability
  • Potential business and funding models

A summary and the entire report are available here.


OAPEN Library - Positive trends in usage

The usage of the OAPEN Library is still rising, cumulating in over 63,000 book downloads in October 2012. This is three times the amount of downloads of October 2011. Not only the number of books downloaded is the highest so far, but also the number of unique visitors and visits.

Knowledge Unlatched seeking Expressions of Interest from publishers

Knowledge Unlatched, Frances Pinter’s initiative to develop a new, Open Access business model for academic book publishers, is preparing a comprehensive pilot for its consortium model. The pilot will include at least 20 publishers and several hundred libraries. Expressions of interest from publishers that would like to be involved in the pilot are currently being sought. Willingness to participate in the pilot can be registered by completing a form, which can be requested through theKU website.

More information can be found here.


Upcoming Conferences

The 8th International Conference on Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) will be held on the 29thand the 30th of January in Berlin. The main theme is “The Funding of Publishing. Changes and Consequences for Science and Society.” The program includes a session on Open Books, chaired by Bettina Goerner (Springer Science+Business Media), with presentations from Eelco Ferwerda (OAPEN), Frances Pinter (Knowledge Unlatched), Eric Hellman (Gluejar) and Carrie Calder (Palgrave Macmillan).


For more information, please contact Eelco Ferwerda, director of the OAPEN Foundation, JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING