OAPEN and De Gruyter enable retroactive open access for ERC-funded publications

The OAPEN Foundation and De Gruyter have developed a framework agreement that outlines good practice for retroactive open access to books and chapters resulting from research funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the 7th EU Research Framework Programme (FP7).

Since FP7 did not include a strict open access mandate for publications, publications resulting from these grants are generally not freely accessible. The framework agreement between De Gruyter and the OAPEN Foundation supports authors by establishing compliance with the ‘best effort’ requirement to make publications open access….”

First results of the crowdfunding OpenEdition Books Select experiment: Six titles published in open access – Open Electronic Publishing

“Six titles from the OpenEdition Books Select package have now been published in open access on OpenEdition Books and will soon be published on OAPEN….

OpenEdition Books Select is the first crowdfunding programme for scientific publishing in French. Launched in 2018 in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched and the Couperin consortium, this unprecedented project aims to publish in open access a bundle of books by major publishers in the humanities and social sciences. The crowdfunding campaign is aimed at libraries around the world, enabling them to offer any reader access to French-language content of the highest quality. This ethical and transparent model is based on a collaboration between publishers and libraries committed to open science….”

Sustainable Open Access and Impact: Celebrating OA Week | Policy Press Blog

We [Bristol Universityh Press] offer a range of flexible open access options for both journals and book publishing which continue to evolve, and we are always interested in working with our authors to explore new ideas.

Both Green and Gold options are available for all our journal and book content and we are flexible to allow for funder compliance. See our open access options for books and open access options for journals for more information.

For journals our OA content is available to access on our IngentaConnect platform where it is clearly signposted.

For books we make our OA content available via OAPEN and JSTOR and we are delighted to be a part of the Knowledge Unlatched collections which are funded by libraries.

We offer discounts on our standard APCs to researchers in developing countries and to those in institutions who subscribe to our journal collections….”

IRUS-UK collaboration: consistent, comparable usage statistics to demonstrate the growth of OA | Jisc scholarly communications

“IRUS–UK is a standards-based statistics aggregation service, enabling UK universities to share and compare information about usage of items in their institutional repositories. Conforming to the COUNTER standard, statistics are consistent and comparable to enable benchmarking of repository usage both nationally and internationally.

Standardised usage statistics are important in order to monitor and demonstrate Open Access developments globally. In addition to providing a core service to UK institutional repositories, IRUS-UK has collaborated with other services and initiatives on an international basis to enhance the provision of COUNTER conformant usage statistics and demonstrate the benefits of standardised approaches. In this respect, IRUS-UK:

  • has pioneered development of a service that exploits use of the COUNTER standard
  • provides the ability to track the growth of usage of repository-based items on an increasingly global scale, thereby contributing to the Open Access agenda…”

Modes of access: the influence of dissemination channels on the use of open access monographs

Abstract:  Introduction. This paper studies the effects of several dissemination channels in an open access environment by analysing the download data of the OAPEN Library. 

Method. Download data were obtained containing the number of downloads and the name of the Internet provider. Based on public information, each Internet provider was categorised. The subject and language of each book were determined using metadata from the OAPEN Library. 

Analysis. Quantitative analysis was done using Excel, while the qualitative analysis was carried out using the statistical package SPSS. 

Results. Almost three quarters of all downloads come from users who do not use the Website www.oapen.org, but find the books by other means. Qualitative analysis found no evidence that channel use was influenced by user groups or the state of users’ Internet infrastructure; nor was any effect on channel use found for either the language or the subjects of the monographs. 

Conclusions. The results show that most readers are using the “direct download” channel, which occur if the readers use systems other than the OAPEN Library Website. This implies that making the metadata available in the user’s systems, the infrastructure used on a daily basis, ensures the best results.

ERC supports OAPEN library for open access books

“The European Research Council (ERC) and OAPEN Foundation have announced today their cooperation in furthering open access to academic books and book chapters. With the help of an ERC grant OAPEN will develop a tailor-made deposit service for ERC grantees and their publishers. The OAPEN library provides a platform for the full-text dissemination of open access books from all scientific areas, in particular in social sciences and humanities. As part of the new project funded by the ERC, OAPEN will provide guidance and support to ERC grantees and their publishers to comply with ERC open access requirements for books. It will aggregate and allow the deposit of open access monographs and book chapters based on ERC funded research, provide quality assurance and dissemination of deposited publications and ensure their digital preservation …”

Exploring open access to save monographs, the question is – how? | Jisc

“[H]ow do we…(a) Keep the monograph alive to allow humanities and social science researchers to present considered arguments, (b) Help increase readership to foster new connections and research, and (c) Find an economic model to sustain the publishing and dissemination of monographs – in both electronic and print. These are some of the questions we are trying to answer in our open access monograph project –  OAPEN-UK being managed by Jisc Collections. What if your monograph was available online for free for everyone to read as a PDF or in HTML and in addition libraries and academics could still purchase print (60% of academics still prefer print) or e-book editions if they wanted them? There would be no limits on who can read your book – discoverable to all through online search engines and the sales of the print could support the sustainability of the Open Access version. And of course each book is put through the same peer review processes that normal print books are – you could even experiment with open peer review – or get input from fellow colleagues as you write….”

Newsletter Collaboration Wellcome Trust

OAPEN Foundation is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, to host and disseminate all Open Access books and book chapters funded by this leading research funder.

The OAPEN Deposit service makes use of the OAPEN Library to provide a centralized repository for hosting and disseminating OA books. It consists of services to increase discoverability and usage of OA books and to support OA mandates from research funders and research institutions….”