The Open Access Books Network is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. Researchers, publishers, librarians, infrastructure providers — indeed, anyone who is interested — can discuss any aspect of OA books here. This group was begun by members of OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and SPARC Europe.
DISCUSSION — contribute to any of the discussion threads, or start your own!
EVENTS — add details of any event related to Open Access books (please include a link and a hashtag).
SITE — check out our latest blog posts, and get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to propose a post on any aspect of OA books.
FROM CORE / FILES — add any publications or documents related to Open Access books.
DOCS — go here for collaborative documents on OA book projects and resources.
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What should a Plan S for books look like? This is a question we’ve been thinking about at the Open Access Books Network (OABN) — and we want to hear from as many members of the OA books community as possible as w […]
This page contains information about our boOkmArks series, including details about forthcoming talks and an archive of past events.
boOkmArks is a series of talks about topics and projects related to OA books. Each talk has the following structure:
Sounds like you’re going to be working on some really interesting stuff here. Good luck! In what way do you see this as producing something different to existing tools that already seem to do a lot of these things (I’m thinking, platforms like Coko and Editoria)? A diverse choice of open source tools is useful but sometimes I’m a bit…[Read more]
the funding guideline was aimed at open access publishers or corresponding publishing activities. Accordingly, this is a bit of a thread running through all the projects:
Sustainability and financing parameters of business and transformation models (CODRIA, TOAA, TransMILL, TU9_Monos, Wallstein-OA, ScholarLedPlus, KOALA, OAdine),…[Read more]
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 1 day, 17 hours ago
More boOmArks! On Tuesday (2nd March) we will be speaking to Reggie Raju and Jill Claasson about the new continental OA platform for books and journals that has been launched in Africa. It should be a really interesting conversation, and as always is free and open to all — hope to see you there!
Zoom link available with the blog post here:…[Read more]
Hi Markus, this is really interesting, thanks for sharing. I was wondering, are all the 20 projects linked in some way, or are you all independent of each other?
This post, written by Dr. Reggie Raju (Director Research and Learning Services) & Jill Claassen (Scholarly Communications & Research) both from the University of Capetown Libraries, is an introduction to the next event in the ‘BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books’ series. A live session, open to all, will be held via this Zoom link on Tue…[Read more]
Sorry about all the baseball references.
The Federal Ministry of Research and Education has funded various Open Access projects in Germany (see here). In the following, I briefly present ours, the development of an open source infrastructure called “Open Source Academic Publishing Suite (OS-APS)” for media-neutral (Open Access) publishing: https://os-aps.de/en/.
The background of the…[Read more]
Während meines Studiums der Wirtschaftsinformatik an der Hochschule Harz hatte ich in den Jahren 2002 bis 2005 das große Glück, als Tutor für verschiedene Statistik-Vorlesungen von Dr. Walter Strube tätig werden zu dürfen. Zu Beginn meiner Tutorentätigkeit konnte ich eine über die Jahre von Tutor zu Tutor weiterentwickelte Aufgabensammlung in Form…[Read more]
I’ve started posting a series of blog posts on community support of open access books. The first two pasts are:
Cambridge University Library is looking for a Scholarly Communications Specialist. The role involves developing support for open access monograph publishing. Deadline 15 March: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/28708/
By Jayne Kelly (Ebooks Administrator, Collections and Academic Liaison Department, Cambridge University Library) and Clara Panozzo (Latin American & Iberian Collections, Collections and Academic Liaison […]
In this blog post we look at the open data available on monograph publication, and use it to explore patterns and trends in open monograph publishing. This blog post takes the form of a guided, interactive, reproducible data analysis based on currently available public data. We aim for this exploration to inform…[Read more]
The University of London Press (an OA press) is looking for a Publications Officer in a part-time capacity. “An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Publications Officer to join the newly launched University of London Press based in the School of Advanced Study at a pivotal moment in its history. The Press is being focused towards a new…[Read more]
In this post, Roger van Zwanenberg from Pluto Journals describes the context for its transition to Open Access, e.g., the decreasing viability of closed access, what decision-making options were available and the implications of the library-funded model, for journals as opposed to books:…[Read more]
Two fifths of Britain’s leading people were educated privately: that’s five times the amount as in the population as a whole, with almost a quarter graduating from Oxford or Cambridge. Eight private schools send more pupils to Oxbridge than the remaining 2894 state schools combined, making modern Britain one of the most unequal places in Eur…[Read more]
Tom Mosterd replied to the topic Advancing Open Access in The Netherlands: discussion in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 4 weeks ago
Hi, great to see this article which ‘opens up’ the conversation and explores additional steps that could be taken – including books and chapters.
To add to Agata’s comments:
If there is indeed some level of agreement on the limitations and extent to which the Gold OA model, through a ‘Book-Processing-Charge (BPC)’ model, can work on a…[Read more]
Agata Morka replied to the topic Advancing Open Access in The Netherlands: discussion in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Comments on proposed framewrok:
I think it would be worth thinking a bit more about what kind of OA you want to push for and integrate it with the proposed framework.
You already have a point about supporting business models other than these based on APCs, but there is no such consideration in the framework itself for books.
Also, in the…[Read more]
Agata Morka started the topic Advancing Open Access in The Netherlands: discussion in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 4 weeks, 1 day ago
A brand new take on advancing OA in The Netherlands has just been published: https://zenodo.org/record/4455790#.YBGtRS1Q3s0. The authors reached out to the OABN for comments, so we are kicking off a discussion with first thoughts after having read the text.
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