Y1: Initial Focus Groups

The initial focus groups are designed to identify the most significant issues and concerns about OA monograph publishing for each group of stakeholders. The focus groups include between 8 – 12 participants who work in groups to discuss and identify the barriers and opportunities and key questions that arise in a move to an open access model. They categorise these into 4 fields – technical, attitudinal, financial and administrative. Participants then agree the top priority issues and discuss these together.

You can read the findings from each of the focus groups below:

In addition, a summary of the focus group findings is available.

The findings will be used to help identify key areas for discussion in the interviews and surveys that will take place as part of a following work package.

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  1. OAPEN-UK Focus Group Findings » JISC e-books says:

    [...] been selected and are available online and before Christmas we kicked off the research plan with our first round of focus groups. So far we have held three focus groups; one with HSS monograph publishers, one with HSS authors / [...]

  2. OAPEN-UK researcher survey released » JISC e-books says:

    [...] six months into the project and, following a series of focus groups, have identified some key questions for researchers – both as authors and readers. We invite you [...]

  3. A week at RIN - Research Information Network says:

    [...] I’ve been working with JISC Collections on the OAPEN-UK project. This is a really interesting experiment with open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences, with a big programme of research around it. We’re trying to understand possible business models for publishing open access monographs in these disciplines, and one of our first steps was to run a series of focus groups to identify the main issues for various different interested parties: we’ve just finished writing up the findings. [...]

  4. Directory of Open Access Books launches » OAPEN-UK says:

    [...] issues of making Open Access books discoverable was discussed in nearly all of our focus groups that we held earlier this year. Its not just about putting the PDF onto a platform and hoping that [...]

  5. Directory of Open Access Books launches » JISC e-books says:

    [...] issue of making Open Access books discoverable was discussed in nearly all of our focus groups that we held earlier this year. Its not just about putting the PDF onto a platform and hoping that [...]

  6. OAPEN-UK in the ALISS Quarterly » JISC e-books says:

    [...] 4.           OAPEN-UK publisher focus group: http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/research-findings/y1-initial-focus-groups/publishers/ [...]

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