FWF eBooks included in the OAPEN Library
OAPEN is pleased to announce the inclusion of FWF eBooks in the OAPEN Library. FWF, Austria's central funding organization for basic research, was one of the first national research funders to include monographs in its Open Access publication fund. The FWF eBook Library is the Open Access repository for all stand‐alone publications funded by the FWF, currently around 180 books.
FWF and OAPEN have agreed that all FWF eBooks will be deposited in the OAPEN Library. A large part of this collection is already available in the OAPEN Libary (see: FWF eBooks in OAPEN Library). We hope that inclusion in the OAPEN Library will improve dissemination and discoverability of FWF funded research and at the same time enhance the value of OAPEN’s collection of Open Access eBooks for researchers and libraries.
FWF eBook Library
FWF eBooks in OAPEN Library
Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference
Date: 1 and 2 July 2013
Location: 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 (HSS).
In the UK, the release of the Finch Report alongside the Research Councils UK’s policy is causing much concern in the humanities and social science (HSS) community who feel that policy is being developed with little consideration of the specificities of HSS research or regard for the monograph publishing model. The monograph is the gold standard and in many disciplines remains the primary method through which humanities and social science researchers communicate their work. It is also an essential part of career progression and reputation establishment for many young researchers.
In the last two decades, monographs sales have rapidly declined from an average of over 2000 to just 200 – in line with library budgets reductions. In order to support the continued existence of the monograph and to move HSS in line with other areas of scholarly communication and research funder’s policies, a new open access business model is required. However, transitioning to new models requires institutional and cultural change alongside experimentation, testing and consultation.
Now is the time for consultation, collaboration and commitment to explore. Monographs received few paragraphs in the Finch Report and at previous conferences and events questions about open access questions about monograph publishing have been met with shrugs. Sponsored by the AHRC and ESRC and hosted by The British Library, this conference will be the first to tackle open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences head on.
Key topics of the conference will include new open access business models, maintaining quality, the future of peer-review, creative commons licensing and international policy development.
Current confirmed speakers include:
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick - Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association
- Frances Pinter - Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched
- Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards – founding members of the Open Library of Humanities
- Cameron Neylon - Plos’s Director of Advocacy
- Carrie Calder – Marketing Director of Palgrave Macmillan
Delegates that attend this conference will leave feeling informed of the relevant issues and equipped with useful information to assist in future discussions and decision making within their organisation.
The full programme will be released shortly on the events page.
This conference has been formed by
If you would like any further information on this conference, or are interested in getting involved please contact Caren Milloy, Head of Projects, JISC Collections or Eelco Ferwerda, Director of OAPEN Foundation
Workshop OAPEN-NLOn 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 BooksAt 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.
DOABThe 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 publishersKnowledge 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.
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).