New Report: The Visibility of Open Access Monographs in a European Context

The Visibility of Open Access Monographs in a European Context: Full Report

KU Research in cooperation with OPERAS has launched a report on the visibility of Open Access monographs in a European context. The full report is available in html on our website (operas-eu.org/visibility-oa-monographs) and as a pdf at doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1230342.

What is it about?

This report explores the extent to which Open Access specialist scholarly books can be seen by the communities that might make use of them. It also identifies the key challenges that will need to be tackled in order to ensure that Open Access books are fully integrated into digital landscapes of scholarship; as well as the steps that need to be taken to achieve this goal. The report focuses on Open Access books made available by publishers and platforms that are part of the OPERAS research infrastructure.

Why is it important?

Specialist scholarly books are the core research output of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ensuring that they are integrated into digital landscapes of scholarship will play a decisive role in the future of these disciplines, and their impact on the world. Identifying gaps in existing infrastructure and creating a roadmap to address them is vital groundwork.

Perspective

This report forms part of the OPERAS-D project, which focuses on the development of a European e-infrastructure for open access publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Knowledge Unlatched Research is a core partner in the OPERAS-D project. KU Research is an independent research and analysis group focusing on strategy and analytics that support the ecosystem of scholarly monographs.

Authors

Lucy Montgomery, Cameron Neylon, Alkim Ozaygen, Frances Pinter, Neil Saunders


 Knowledge Unlatched Research is a project partner in the OPERAS-D project and participates in the working group on business models. KU Research is an independent research and analysis group focusing on strategy and analytics that support the ecosystem of scholarly monographs.


This report has been prepared as a deliverable for the OPERAS-D project. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No731031.



Elisabeth Heinemann

Digital Humanities Officer at Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) and Communication Officer for OPERAS

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