OAPEN-UK Project Update Jan 2013

As the next meeting of the OAPEN-UK Steering Group approaches (7 Feb) we are working on a number of updates to be discussed.

What is the impact of Open Access on print and electronic sales?

  • We have collected the usage data for all of the titles in the pilot – this includes the download statistics from the OAPEN Library, the publishers’ platforms and Google Books.
  • We have also collected the sales data for the print and electronic versions of each title and have additional statistics from Nielsen. What we are working on now is finding a methodology to allow us to compare the data for the titles that will be statistically sound. This is not an easy task as we have to take into account the publication dates, previous print runs etc. We will present scenarios to the Steering Group for them to discuss and agree.

What is the value that authors and publishers bring to the publishing process?

  • We have completed two workshops looking at the monograph publishing process – one with authors / researchers and one with publishers. We have collected in detail each and every step of the process and who is doing what and the end result looks a little like this! 
  • The point of this work is to address the misconceptions that we have seen arise around the value that each party brings to the table and to help stakeholders appreciate and understand each other! We hope to make infographics from this work that highlight effort, processes and costs.

What impact will open access monographs have on HSS learned societies?

  • There has been much discussion following the release of the statement from the 21 history journals and in relation to the RLUK open access policy. There are questions over the impact on learned societies and HSS research that they feel is not being accounted for. As part of our research we are doing two case studies: one with the Royal Historical Society and one with the Regional Studies Association to explore their monograph / book series publishing in more detail and discuss if moving to an open access model will impact on their business models and the value they provide to their members.

We will also be discussing the institutional case studies and publisher interviews that we have planned for this year. All the research we are doing in this project, which is funded by the AHRC and Jisc,  is to support stakeholders in making informed decision about moving to open access monograph publishing. We are listening to each stakeholder, gathering evidence and sharing all we learn openly. We will continue to share all findings in the Research Findings section of the website.

Launch of Open Library of Humanities

The Open Library of Humanities project has launched. The project aims to explore a PLOS-style model for the humanities and social sciences and provide a platform for Open Access publishing that is:

  • Reputable and respected through rigorous peer review
  • Sustainable
  • Digitally preserved and safely archived in perpetuity
  • Non-profit
  • Open in both monetary and permission terms
  • Non-discriminatory (APCs are waiverable)
  • Technically innovative in response to the needs of scholars and librarians
  • A solution to the serials crisis

They currently have a call for participation out so if you are interested in getting involved please contact Martin, Caroline and Tim.

Here at OAPEN-UK we are really pleased by the news of this new project that is focusing on humanities and social science researchers and looking at a sustainable open access future – all experimentation and gathering of evidence is welcome and can only help us move forward.