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New editions of OA books

5 replies, 4 voices Last updated by Emma Gallon 1 week ago
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    • #52830

      Emma Gallon
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      @emmagallon

      Hello and happy new year! I was wondering if anybody has any experience in publishing new editions of open access books, and would be happy for me to get in touch about this? I have a couple of questions about best practice specifically for OA books around taking down the old edition from third-party and our platforms (or not!) and it would be really helpful to hear others’ thoughts/experiences.

      Thanks so much! Emma (UoL Press)

    • #52832

      Sebastian Nordhoff
      Participant
      @snordhoff

      Hi Emma,

      see here:

      https://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/22

      https://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/25

      https://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/144

      Former versions are available for reference. We provide back and forward links between the versions. Superseded book have a different cover image. We strive to have backlinks in the DOIs as well. We are currently working on facilities to toggle the display of forthcoming versions in the catalog so that users will only see them if they are really interested

      Best

      Sebastian

       

       

    • #52950

      Emma Gallon
      Participant
      @emmagallon

      Hi Sebastian,

      Thanks so much – this is really helpful!

      All best,

      Emma

    • #52952

      John Sherer
      Participant
      @jsherer

      Hi Emma,

      My colleague at UNC Press, Ellen Bush, has some experience with this if you wanted a university-press perspective. She can be reached at Ellen.bush@uncpress.org.

      John Sherer

    • #52992

      Lucy Barnes
      Participant
      @lucybarnes

      Hi Emma,

      My colleague Laura at OBP confirms that our approach is similar to Sebastian’s. We:

      – Archive old editions (and state ‘Archived’ on the title. See: https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/1096)
      – Delete prices and purchase options to avoid readers purchasing an edition that is not up to date.
      – Provide back and forward links between versions.
      – Create new cover images with information about the new edition (either by stating ‘New Edition’ or by updating the year as with WWIC)
      – Each edition has its own DOI and ISBNs.
      – Readership: we state how many times previous eitions were accessed/read as to avoid losing readership data and provide the reader with a better overview.

      All best,

      Lucy

    • #53017

      Emma Gallon
      Participant
      @emmagallon

      Hi John, Hi Lucy,

      Many thanks to you both! The archiving approach described by Lucy and Sebastian sounds to be a good way forward (and I’ll drop Ellen a quick email as I’d be keen to hear her perspective too – thanks).

      All best,

      Emma

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