OAPEN Newsletter - May 2013

Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference


1 and 2 July 2013 - The British Library, London, UK

JISC Collections, in partnership with OAPEN Foundation, is holding a two-day international conference intended for all stakeholders in scholarly communications including European research funders, senior institutional managers, publishers, learned societies, librarians and researchers. The conference aims to raise awareness of open access, to increase understanding of key challenges and to identify where international common policies and frameworks could support the adoption of open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

Registration for this conference is free of charge. The final booking deadline is Friday, 21 June 2013. Please go to http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/JISC-Collections-events/oabooksconf/ for the full programme and online registration.


Research article: Measuring monographs – A quantitative method to assess scientific impact and societal relevance


In the Humanities and Social Sciences, the monograph is an important means of communicating scholarly results and the quality of research needs to be assessed. This is done by bibliometric measures and qualitative methods. The article describes a method that may complement the current methods, using the data of over 25,000 downloads from the OAPEN Library. More than two thirds of the usage can be categorised, and almost 45% of all usage comes from non-academics. This might indicate that the monographs have a relevance in society.

The article, published in First Monday, can be found here: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210%2Ffm.v18i5.4250


Upcoming event: The 8th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing 2013 - Entering the Next Stage


The annual Munin Conference at the University of Tromsø will take place Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November this year. The sub-title “Entering the Next Stage” reflects that publishing in the age of the internet is approaching a new phase, with new possibilities and new demands.

Keynote speakers:

  • Jean-François Dechamp, Policy Officer, European Commission: “Horizon 2020 (EU) and open access funder mandates”
  • David Prosser, Executive Director of Research Libraries UK: “Licensing policies”
  • Eelco Ferwerda, Director at OAPEN foundation: “Open access in humanities and social sciences”

For more information, see: http://www.ub.uit.no/mc8


OAPEN Library – Positive trends in usage


The usage of the OAPEN Library is still rising, cumulating in over  109,000 book downloads in March 2013. From April 2013 to March 2013, more than 750,000 books were downloaded