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!
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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 months, 3 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 months, 3 weeks 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 months, 3 weeks 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.
This post, written by Jeff Pooley (professor of media & communication at Muhlenberg College and director of mediastudies.press), 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 Tuesday 26th January at 16:00 CET/ 15:00 GMT/10:00 ET,…[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 4 months, 3 weeks ago
The recording of our conversation with Jeff yesterday is available here: https://youtu.be/wyzb1BJi8AU
Thanks to Jeff for such an interesting session, and to everyone who attended!
We’ll be announcing the next boOkmArks sessions in the near future. If you have an idea for a session, you can contact us at email@example.com.
You are welcome Tom. Thanks for this feedback and greetings. The presence on the ORC has, indeed, been a mixed bag, but relatively consistent. I will do my best to target whatever posts I will be sharing in this list/area to book-related OA topics!
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 5 months ago
Hi all, on Tuesday next week (26th Jan) at 3pm GMT the latest boOkmArks talk is taking place: I’ll be speaking to Jefferson Pooley, professor of media & communication at Muhlenberg College and director of mediastudies.press, about his experiences founding an academic-led, Open Access book publisher w/a BPC-free, library partnership model & a…[Read more]
Tom Mosterd edited the post Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) – Tagging help by OABN in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 5 months ago
The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), is a crowd-sourced social tagging project that runs on open-source software. It harnesses the power of the community to capture news and comment on open access (OA) in every academic field and region of the world. We want to help expand its coverage of OA books — and you can…[Read more]
Master’s student student Olivia Rollins (Portland State University, Book Publishing) invites you to fill out a short survey (5-7 minutes) intended to measure the effects of the COVID pandemic on OA humanities publishing.
Access the survey here.
Thank you for taking time to fill out the survey and gather this knowledge.
The latest post at the Open Research Community discusses how the rise of Open Access is likely driven by market mechanisms affecting the scholarly publishing industry. As the post suggests, Open Access increases the possibilities for dynamic responses to shifts in aggregate supply and demand on the side of both institutions and…[Read more]
In an era of transformative open access journal agreements, the article examines the Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project through a transformative lens. How might we apply transformativeness to open access monograph publishing? Is transformativeness measured in strictly financial and transactional terms, or…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing Pablo and congrats with this milestone and if I read it correctly over 1 post a day on average. Good luck with the ORC in 2021 and looking forward to seeing some OA-books related news pop-up from time to time!
This blog post briefly reviews the highlights of the Open Research Community (ORC) since its launch in early 2020: https://openresearch.community/posts/the-open-research-community-in-2020-a-year-in-review.
More specifically, in the last year, the ORC registered around 104,000 page views, had almost 28,000 new and returning visitors,…[Read more]
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