Research Findings

Year 1 findings:

View the findings from our focus groups – we have completed focus groups with institutional representatives, publishers and authors / readers, e-book aggregators, learned societies and research funders. We  also held an short session with research managers and administrators.

View the findings from our first benchmarking survey with project participants including the authors of the titles in the pilot and our steering group members.

View the findings of the survey of humanities and social science researchers that explored their attitudes towards open access, publisher services, reading preferences, scholarly communications and Creative Commons.

Year 2 findings:

Read the summaries of our learned societies case studies where we interviewed a range of members and staff from the the Royal Historical Society and the Regional Studies Association.

View the infographic that visualises all the activites and processes that authors and publishers undertake in creating and publishing a monograph.

View the findings from our second benchmarking survey with project participants including the authors of the titles in the pilot and our steering group members.

View the Guide to Creative Commons for HSS researchers.

Year 3 findings:

A second OAPEN-UK survey of UK humanities and social science researchers, carried out in summer 2014 in collaboration with HEFCE, explored the role of the monograph for researchers, as authors and as readers.

In summer 2014, a survey was carried out among librarians at UK universities on acquisition of monographs; access to monographs; new business models for monographs; and open access for monographs.

A set of three case studies was developed with UK HEIs to help understand the effect the increased development and use of open-access monographs might have at an institutional level. We have also provided a short summary of the case studies.

Read the summary report of a series of indepth interviews with eight monograph publishers including new open access publishers. The overall aim of these interviews was to probe, in some depth, attitudes towards OA monograph publishing and to identify where the key changes will be in terms of processes and systems. We also discussed external influences and any challenges or opportunities that publishers think about in relation to OA publishing.

 Year 4 findings:

Interviews with funders of humanities and social science research were undertaken in early 2015. The interviews aimed to uncover perceptions towards open access and the future of open access monographs. A summary report is available to read.

In spring 2015 we ran a series of workshops for publishers, librarians and researchers to look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a variety of open access business models for monographs. A full analysis of the workshops is available to read.

To help respond to the need for researchers to feel better equipped to make decisions about whether to publish their monographs in open access or not, we have developed a Guide to Open Access Monograph Publishing for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Researchers.

The 2015 benchmarking survey presentation reports on the findings over the full period of the project for the authors and members of the steering group

Year 5 findings:

Towards the very end of the project, we undertook a series of telephone interviews with authors who had titles in the pilot. We are not providing a public analysis of these due to confidentiality, but the analysis was used to inform the OAPEN-UK final report.

The last research activity was to do the full analysis of the matched pairs pilot. The pilot final report is available online.

All the findings from the research plan have been evaluated and pulled into a single final report. The OAPEN-UK final report was released in January 2016.