If you are looking for unrestricted scientific material, for example in the form of free editions of journals, the Internet is the place to look. Open Access enjoys the full benefits of the web, and I can venture to say that without the Internet there would be no open access. The Internet however is full of junk, and it is hard to navigate through it if you do not have the know-how. Thankfully, there are numerous specialized tools and repositories that allow you to quickly and easily locate any content.
Can Open Access help researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences? Can this publishing model be implemented in this field of learning? Opinions on this issue are divided. There is a clash between the advantages and disadvantages of applying such a model and it does not seem that a clear solution will be developed in the near future. Therefore, it is important to engage in the debate, and this is the main reason for the upcoming event.
Authors, who wish to publish Open Access book, face at some point the problem of choosing the right publisher. In every case, a choice of publisher is a very individual decision and it depends on the author’s preference of license model, the cost of APCs, and in many cases, also on the requirements of the institution’s research funding. There are a lot of options in the scientific publishing market; small and large publishing houses, universities, foundations, etc. So, where to publish?
Open Access has become a part of the scientific mainstream; in many academic disciplines, such as technology, engineering, and mathematics publishing in this model is now quite common. However, the situation in social science and humanities is much less comforting. At the same time, the OA model seems to be a perfect match for these disciplines, since it offers researchers specializing in these areas an opportunity to gain a wider audience for their articles and monographs. Open Access may also give a new impetus to the development of the humanities. It therefore comes as no surprise that new initiatives intended to boost open access across Humanities continue to arise.
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.