January 25, 2013
Open Access Monograph is a fast developing and most significant phenomenon in temporary publishing. And while journal publishing in OA continues to spread and is here to stay for good, with new publishers and journals emerging virtually every other day, Book publishing in Open Access is governed by slightly different rules, and it remains less popular than articles publishing in OA journals. I believe, this is about to change as this model offers great opportunities for researchers in the social sciences and humanities. For this reason, it is key to popularize OA in these scientific disciplines.
Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, which will take place on 1-2 July 2013, The British Library, London, UK, is going to serve this purpose. This international conference is organized by JISC Collections, in partnership with OAPEN Foundation and all stakeholders in scholarly communications including European research funders, senior institutional managers, publishers, learned societies, librarians and researchers are invited.
What is the purpose of this conference?
“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).”
I will certainly follow a very interesting discussion on the topic of a new model for OA Monographs:
“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.”
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
Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference sets forth to be a very stimulating and important event in the context of the development and popularization of the open access model in the social sciences and humanities. Does the current trend of monograph publishing in Gold OA really needs to be changed? Are there any new solutions for publishing scholarly monograph necessary? What action should be taken and what changes carried out to popularize Open Access in the social sciences and humanities? These issues will doubtlessly be discussed during the conference.