OAPEN Newsletter - June 2013

Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference - 1 and 2 July 2013, The British Library, London

The Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, organised by JISC Collections and OAPEN Foundation, was a great success, thanks to excellent contributions of all the speakers and chairs, and the very large and varied audience.

The topics of the conference included new Open Access business models, maintaining quality and the future of peer-review, licensing and international policy development.
The role of the monograph in the age of digital information was discussed extensively by the keynote speakers Jean-Claude Guédon (University of Montreal) and Cameron Neylon (Public Library of Science).

Official launch of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The conference marked the official launch of The Directory of Open Access books. DOAB is managed by OAPEN and sponsored by SpringerOpen and Brill.

Open Access Business models

The conference showcased many approaches to OA monograph publishing, including Open Library for Humanities, Knowledge Unlatched, Palgrave Macmillan, Open Book Publishers, OpenEdition, OECD publishing, MPublishing, Open Monograph Press at Heidelberg and Hybrid Publishing Lab.

Quality assurance and the future of peer-review

Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Modern Language Association) discussed her experiments and experiences with open peer-review.

Copyright and Creative Commons

Open Access licensing was discussed by Joscelyn Upendran (Zilpa) and Ben White (British Library). OAPEN-UK also developed a Guide to Creative Commons especially aimed at authors of monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

International policy development

Across Europe, several funders and policy makers are involved in Open Access Monographs.  At the conference, the following organisations discussed their activities: AHRC and OAPEN-UK (United Kingdom); NWO and OAPEN-NL (Netherlands); DFG and MPG (Germany); FWF (Austria) and Stockholm University (Sweden).

Conference coverage

Conference report

OAPEN and JISC collections are preparing a full conference report.


In June 2013, 124,428 books were downloaded; a new monthly record. In the last 12 months, 925,798 books were downloaded, and we expect to reach a million annual downloads shortly.