The excellent Public Knowledge Project (PKP) recently released an open source piece of software that’s specifically geared towards publishing monographs:
OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication. OMP will operate, as well, as a press website with catalog, distribution, and sales capacities.
The UK government’s recently announced plans to open up publicly funded research have had a luke warm response from some quarters, partly as millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money that would otherwise be spent on research has been earmarked to pay major publishers £2,000 processing fees per article.
Open Journal Systems enables scholars to start and run academic journals by themselves – doing peer review, editorial, and publication as part of their academic roles and cutting administrative costs. This means that more research can be made freely available on the web, and potentially frees up cash that might otherwise have been spent on article publication fees to subsidise more research, or more academic jobs.
Hopefully the newly launched Open Monograph Press will have a similar impact in cutting costs associated with publishing scholarly monographs, and will encourage the publication of more open access monographs on the web.