Guest post: Overcoming the challenges of open access books – part 1/2

“In part one of this two-part series, we’ll explore some of the challenges around policies and funding for OA books that were highlighted by authors and editors who were kind enough to participate in interviews about their experiences with OA publishing.

Each of the authors and editors I interviewed named wider dissemination and a more equitable research ecosystem as the main benefits of OA publishing. But they also highlighted a number of challenges which we will delve into below….”

DOAB achieves a major milestone | Open Electronic Publishing blog by OpenEdition

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), led by OpenEdition and OAPEN Foundation (Open Access Publishing in European Networks), has achieved a key milestone. After the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) named DOAB an international open science institution eligible for community funding, DOAB and OAPEN achieved their funding goal of €505,000 in three years, thanks to financing from 89 institutions in 14 countries. We are grateful to our partner institutions, who have been instrumental in supporting DOAB!

Open Access Books – Part II – Delta Think

“If a publisher decides to implement an OA books program, what does it do with older titles? Does it make its backlist retrospectively OA? Or reserve OA for frontlist titles only? (Or both?)….

The chart above analyzes the lead times in indexing books. It shows how many years after publication books were added to the index (the DOAB) and deemed to be made OA.

If titles are made OA in their year of publication (deemed to be frontlist titles), the lead time will be zero. Just over 25% of DOAB titles are frontlist.
If titles were made OA after their year of publication (deemed to be backlist titles), then the lead time will be a positive number. Around 16% of titles were made OA the year after publication. The remaining 69% or so of titles are deep backlist.
Although not shown above, the oldest titles in the DOAB date back decades. Earlier years (before 2000) typically have a handful of titles per publication year, with annual numbers increasing significantly in more recent years. The oldest title in the index was published in 1787….

Patterns in license usage are different if analyzed by publication year (left) compared with the year they were made OA or added to the index (right). We can clearly see license use by publication year shows distinct patterns, but license use by indexed year appears more random….

 

We see that the proportion of CC BY licenses (colors at the bottom of each bar) is significantly lower in books (32%) than in journals (51%). Likewise, CC BY-NC (2nd from bottom) – books (4%) vs. journal articles (15%). But CC BY-NC-ND licenses show the opposite: books have a greater proportion (29%) than journals (18%)….”

DOAB/OAPEN reaches important funding milestone | SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

 

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN, jointly part of SCOSS’s second funding cycle, has met a significant milestone by reaching its three-year funding goal of 505,000 Euros in about 18 months, despite the COVID-19 challenge. SCOSS and DOAB/OAPEN would like to express their gratitude towards its global funding community of 89 institutions from 14 countries that have contributed to this campaign. Ahead lies now the challenge for DOAB/OAPEN to sustain this crucial financial support from the community.

10 Years for Open Access Books: OAPEN Foundation Annual Report 2020

“On the occasion of its tenth anniversary in 2020, the OAPEN Foundation publishes the OAPEN Foundation Annual Report 2020 on the results and developments achieved in the last decade.

The report begins with the 2020 highlights in the OAPEN Library and Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) services. According to the report, the online library and publishing platform for OA books OAPEN Library currently contains more than 15,000 OA books that can be downloaded directly, with the majority of titles under a CC-BY licence. Download numbers increased by 77 per cent year-on-year to over five million. In addition to the many new publishers and publications in the OAPEN Library, the Covid 19 pandemic, but also the transfer of the online library to the open-source platform DSpace, are major contributing factors, according to the report.
The DOAB – a free international hub also run by the OAPEN Foundation – indexes OA books and makes them accessible. According to the report, it now contains more than 40,000 metadata for OA titles from over 500 publishers that meet the requirements for peer review and open licensing. At the beginning of the year, the migration to the open source platform DSpace 6 was successfully implemented (see our news of 22 Januar 2021)….”

OAPEN Foundation 2020 Annual Report

In 2020, the OAPEN Foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary as an open infrastructure service for open access (OA) books, providing services to publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation. The mission of OAPEN to increase discoverability of OA books and to build trust around OA books has been leading us through a challenging year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOAB partners with SciELO to further enhance publisher discoverability and simplify workflows | Directory of Open Access Books

“DOAB, a central discovery service for open access books, is pleased to introduce a new partnership with SciELO. Through this new initiative, SciELO Books becomes part of a group of several trusted platforms to enhance the discoverability of open access books and create a more seamless process for publishers to list their open access books in DOAB….”

Informationsplattform Open Access: Jetzt mitfördern: Unterstützung von DOAB/OAPEN, PKP und OpenCitations über SCOSS

“The SCOSS network recognizes the importance of the three infrastructure services for the global open access transformation and contributes to sustainable financing

The global network Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) has been supporting the expansion of an open science infrastructure since 2017 by recommending important non-commercial services for funding every year. The call is aimed at the Open Access / Open Science community with the recommendation that these projects be financially supported for three years.

In the current second funding cycle – which is about to end – SCOSS calls for support for three projects that are of particular importance for the expansion of the OA / OS infrastructure: DOAB / OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations. We, the project open-access.network, support this call to promote the selected services. All three make an important contribution to the implementation of the global Open Access transformation and sustainably promote the opening of science.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

DOAB and OAPEN are closely linked: The DOAB increases the visibility and findability of peer-reviewed open access books. It collects metadata and links that can be integrated into their systems by both libraries and commercial aggregators. The OAPEN library, on the other hand, is a repository for freely accessible scientific books. The project works with publishers and research sponsors to set up and offers various services for libraries, publishers and sponsors.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP) 

The PKP improves the quality and reach of scientific publishing by developing, among other things, open source software such as Open Journal System (OJS) for the management and publication of open access journals. The software is used by more than 9,000 magazines. For example, the Open Monograph Press (OMP) platform for books was developed in line with this tool .

OpenCitations

The OpenCitations project is dedicated to the publication of open bibliographical data and citation data using technologies of the Semantic Web (Linked Data) and is a founding member of the Initiative for Open Citation (I4OC) ….”

DOAB milestones: 30,000 OA books, 400 publishers

“We are pleased to share that the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) recently reached three key milestones in terms of book coverage, unique publishers and future financial sustainability. 

Over 30,000 books from more than 400 publishers 

The number of open access books included in DOAB has grown impressively from just over 10,000 books in 2018 to 31,917 as of today. In terms of publishers, we are happy to see that over 400 publishers are included in DOAB as we strive to improve the coverage of the directory….”

Fair OA publishers, infrastructures and initiatives supported by KU Leuven | KU Leuven Open Science

KU Leuven promotes non-commercial and community-owned approaches of OA, especially through the KU Leuven Fund for Fair OA. On the one hand, the fund supports innovative publishing initiatives and infrastructures. On the other hand, the fund covers membership costs for consortia and advocacy organizations focusing on a non-commercial approach to scholarly communication. On this page you can find an overview of everything that KU Leuven endorses.

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Partnership Project MUSE and DOAB

“We are pleased to announce a new partnership between the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Project MUSE. This cooperation will enhance the discoverability of the OA titles on MUSE and increase the number of publishers and OA books listed in DOAB.

Project MUSE, a not-for-profit collaboration between the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins University Press, is a trusted provider of digital humanities and social science content. Project MUSE offers more than 60,000 books from over 100 presses including over 2,800 open access books. Through a collaborative approach with libraries, publishers and scholars, the project promotes the creation and dissemination of essential resources to scholarly communities around the globe….”

Partnership Project MUSE and DOAB

“We are pleased to announce a new partnership between the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Project MUSE. This cooperation will enhance the discoverability of the OA titles on MUSE and increase the number of publishers and OA books listed in DOAB.

Project MUSE, a not-for-profit collaboration between the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins University Press, is a trusted provider of digital humanities and social science content. Project MUSE offers more than 60,000 books from over 100 presses including over 2,800 open access books. Through a collaborative approach with libraries, publishers and scholars, the project promotes the creation and dissemination of essential resources to scholarly communities around the globe….”

DOAB appoints a new Community Manager & SCOSS Campaign

“DOAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Mosterd as its new Community Manager. In this new role, Tom Mosterd will be working closely with the DOAB community on an open and inclusive future for the DOAB and OAPEN infrastructures. He will be responsible for communications, campaigns and is the contact point for institutional prospects and customers. His primary focus will be to manage the SCOSS fundraising campaign for DOAB and OAPEN….”