There is a growing trend across European countries to include open access monographs in funder policy. Most recently, this push towards open access mandates was captured in the revised guidance on Plan S, published on 30 May 2019, stating that “cOAlition S will, by the end of 2021, issue a statement on Plan S principles as they apply to monographs and book chapters, together with related implementation guidance”.
In the UK, the four UK HE funding bodies have signalled the intent to mandate open access for monographs submitted to the Research Excellence Framework beyond the 2021 assessment and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a signatory of Plan S, has launched its own open access policy review. This will cover monographs and book chapters.
Therefore by 2021, the major UK funders will have implemented policies and mandates on open access monographs, joining the growing international list.
At the same time, the UK has seen a growing movement of academic and library led presses, many of whom publish OA monographs.
However, there has been criticism and concern expressed about the move to open access policies for monographs from academics, learned societies and publishers. In order to engage with the community, the Universities UK working group on open access monographs held workshops for learned societies and publishers in 2018. This was followed in May 2019 by an event for academics at Goldsmiths College, London.
We now want to bring together research and academic liaison librarians, repository managers, press managers and other interested parties to address these issues, share experiences and expertise, and to shape future work for both Jisc and the sector.
By the end of the workshop you will have:
- Identified the key reports in this rapidly developing area and have a broad overview of the current mandates and policy reviews that will impact on long form ‘monograph’ research outputs
- Identified common concerns from the academic community regarding OA for monographs
- Seen examples of how these issues are currently being addressed and explored other potential solutions
- Identified opportunities to work collaboratively across organisations and discipline
Thursday 4 July
Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Scholarly communications subject specialist, Jisc
Perspectives on researcher concerns
Chair: Graham Stone, senior research manager, Jisc.
11:15 - OA vs print
11:25 - Quality and peer review
11:35 - Licensing and copyright
11:45 - 3rd part rights and permissions
11:55 - Publishing with international presses
12:05 - Foreign language outputs
12:15 - Co-authorship
12:25 - Q&A
Workshop: producing a joint strategy
What can institutions do to inform authors about OA?
Delegates will break into groups to discuss the issues raised in the morning session and will come up with a plan/roadmap to encourage joint working between institutions and engagement with researchers, learned societies and publishers.
Towards an OA monographs landscape
In this session we would particularly like to hear delegates thoughts on a number of key points:
- What role would delegates like to see UKRI and other funders play in a future landscape
- How can we encourage a diverse range of business models for OA monographs? What are the alternatives to the book processing charge? What could institutions do by working as consortia or collectives (or individually) to make OA monographs affordable?
Summary and where next
Who should attend
This event will be of interest to:
- Research support and academic liaison librarians
- Research managers and open access policy compliance staff
- Press managers
- Library/research decision makers