Good afternoon.OAPEN-UK is a four-year research project that is exploring an OA model for publishing HSS monographs in collaboration with publishers, research funders, learned societies, researchers and institutions. JISC and the AHRC have provided funding for the OAPEN-UK project. The project is exploring open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences. It is an innovative and highly consultative project – working in an area where little research exists and connecting with all the key stakeholders to identify and discuss concerns, challenges, perceptions and opportunities related to a transition to open access monographs. OAPEN-UK recognises that open access will require changes to current working practice as well as cultural change and that resistance to change is inevitable. By working with each stakeholder and sharing findings between stakeholders, the project promotes understanding and knowledge and enables stakeholders to make informed decisions based on evidence, rather than assumptions.
But today, instead of talking about OAPEN-UK specifically, I thought as I was situated in the ‘New Products’ section of the agenda, that I would talk about some of the new products we are developing as a result of our research findings so far.When I talk about ‘our’ research findings, I am referring to OAPEN-UK, it sister project in the Netherlands OAPEN-NL, the work of the OAPEN Foundation which manages the OAPEN Library and the repository structure it is built upon and of course JISC Collections. Together we are collaborating with publishers, institutions, authors and research funders all across Europe. Three key products we are developing are the Directory of OA Books, CrossMark for OA books and ONIX for OA Books.
We know from our research that there is a perception or concern that OA means lower quality and that researchers also assume that there has been no peer review undertaken with an OA monograph.As well as meeting its primary aim of increasing discoverability, DOAB plays an important role in establishing trust. - Academic books in DOAB shall be available under an Open Access license (such as a Creative Commons license) - Academic books in DOAB shall be subjected to independent and external peer review prior to publication DOAB recently undertook some work with stakeholders to discuss the criteria for inclusion which recommended developments to highlight quality using an icon system, remaining open to other forms of peer review such as open peer review and to remain flexible on licensing but to strive for CC-BY. The directory is an essential component to help researchers and libraries discover and evaluate OA monographs.
The DOAB is a fantastic tool in helping users discover OA content, but until it becomes a natural location for researchers to visit and there are more OA monographs available, we need to also cover the ‘I bought it for my self’ route.This has been a real learning point for us in OAPEN-UK - how do you make sure that a researcher see’s that there is an OA version available when they go to online retailers?
The DOAB is a fantastic tool in helping users discover OA content, but until it becomes a natural location for researchers to visit and there are more OA monographs available, we need to also cover the ‘I bought it for my self’ route.This has been a real learning point for us in OAPEN-UK - how do you make sure that a researcher see’s that there is an OA version available when they go to online retailers? Publisher Webshop:Many publishers have their own webshop and although this may not be a first stop for researchers, we still need to make it clear that there is an OA version available.We have had to work through may issues to ensure that the OA PDF version is clearly marked as OA and that there is no cost associated with it. This has not been easy and we have had occasions where the price has been marked to zero but someone else in the company has seen this and though, oh I will just correct that and thought they were being helpful! But at least in this case, the publisher has some level of control and can work to ensure that the OA version is clearly marked….
But at least in this case, the publisher has some level of control and can work to ensure that the OA version is clearly marked….When it comes to other online retailers such as Amazon, who are set up to sell, it has not been as easy!
Using the ONIX feeds we have inserted a line into them….No linksToo far down the page – not as visible as would likeNot the ideal solution
Another key product we are developing is CrossMark for OA books. CrossRef introduced CrossMark earlier this year for electronic documents, and a number of publishers are already using the system for their articles. CrossRef calls it an ‘identification service’, which ‘sends signal to researchers that publishers are committed to maintaining their scholarly content’. CrossMark is primarily introduced as a way to verify that a version of a document is the most recent and reliable version. Readers use the service by clicking on the CrossMark logos on PDF or HTML documents, and a status box tells them if the document is current or if updates are available. However, CrossMark also provides a record box, which can contain other information about the document. This box can be used to provide a system of quality assurance. The record box could inform users about the usage rights, the peer review process, the publication history. It could also contain information about the research connected to the publication, information about grants, links to connected elements such as research data, etc.
OAPEN-UK presentation at UCL Ebooks Event, Jun 2013
Ebooks 2013: New Products
Informed Decisions on the Future of OA
Scholarly Monograph Publishing in HSS
Caren Milloy, Head of Projects,
JISC Collections @carenmilloy
OAPEN: Open Access
Publishing in European
Pilot & Research Project Pilot & Research Project
OAPEN Foundation & Library
Free PDF OA Monographs Platfrom, Repository & Services
Print version available to purchase
DOAB (Directory of
CrossMark for OA
ONIX for OA Books:
code list additions
• The primary aim of DOAB is to increase
discoverability of Open Access books
• Provide quality control
– Peer reviewed
– CC Licence
• Provide MARC records for libraries
• Harvestable metadata
How do you, as a reader, know that this book is available
for free in OA?
The publisher’s online retail site
thing the user will
see is a price but
this book is
available in OA
Have had to insert a line into the ONIX feeds to
say that it is available for free in OA as a
temporary measure. Not ideal. No links. Still
not as visible as would like.
New working group to agree additions to the
ONIX controlled vocabulary to support OA books
EDItEUR with Palgrave, Springer, T&F, Liverpool
University Press and Amsterdam University
Release target: July 2013 @ OA Monographs
ONIX for OA Books
The aims of the project are:
• To introduce CrossMark as a transparent
system to improve quality assurance for OA
• To provide readers relevant information about
• To set up a service for quality assurance for
OAPEN publishers based on CrossMark
CrossMark for OA Books: Pilot with
OAPEN-UK and OAPEN-NL
Readers would be able to see if there
have been any updates / corrections /
translations etc to the ebook
Promoting transparency, useful
data, audit trail, compliance & TRUST
Use the record tab to provide
useful metadata Including:
• ORCID ID
• Publication history
• Peer Review
• Research Grant
• Links to futher research
• OA Fee
• Pilot members:
– OAPEN Foundation
– JISC Collections – link to NISO & Jisc work on OA
– Palgrave Macmillan
– Amsterdam University Press
• Results of pilot @ OA Monographs conference in
CrossMark for OA Books: Pilot with
OAPEN-UK and OAPEN-NL
Open Access Monographs in HSS
Thank you & Further Info
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