In our previous post, we mentioned the importance of the OAPEN-UK project, which aims to explore the impact of Open Access on the humanities and social sciences. Among the key elements of this project, we find a survey covering issues such as attitudes toward OA publishing and Creative Commons licensing, as well as researchers’ preferences and priorities (both as authors and as readers). While focusing primarily on researchers from the UK, this survey provides some particularly interesting results, which deserve a closer look.
When it comes to publishing, the humanities and social sciences have slightly different customs than other disciplines. One of these traditions is the publishing of monographs, whose format allows researchers to fully express arguments built on years of research. However, the results presented in such publications are becoming increasingly less accessible.
Publishing in an Open Access model is still more popular for journals than it is for books. The latter often end up scattered around different repositories and websites, making them very difficult to find because of poor visibility on the Internet. However, there may be a solution to this issue – a brand new project, which aims to increase discoverability of OA books – the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
Versita is pleased to announce the publishing contest aimed at researchers at the threshold of their academic career: 2012 Emerging Scholar Monograph Competition. The contest provides an opportunity for young scholars to publish books based on their dissertation research. The winning authors will have their work published for free and distinguished by a stamp on the cover indicating “Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Emerging Scholar Monograph Competition”.
The benefits of Open Access publishing have been discussed in numerous places; they are well understood and appreciated by many people by now. Whether it is a question of reaching a dramatically wider audience, or improving ones chances to be read and cited, Open Access offers those benefits. On a broader plain, open and free access is of direct benefit to the scientific community and to society at large. Alas, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Books and journals are published at a cost and someone – at some point, has to pay, so that those who […]
Open Access publishing is a rapidly expanding market, generating new types of activities and business models. Since this emerging framework involves many different stakeholders, their vested interests are bound to clash. Is it possible to reconcile the conflicting interests of authors, publishers and libraries, and encourage them to work together towards a single Open Access model? Knowledge Unlatched is a project that specifically aims to solve this issue.