Jisc to manage central licensing and invoicing for Direct to Open from the MIT Press | The MIT Press

“oday, the MIT Press announced that Jisc will handle central licensing and invoicing for Direct to Open (D2O) for their member libraries. An innovative, sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model to a collaborative, library-supported open access model. 

Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, D2O gives institutions the opportunity to harness collective action to support access to knowledge. Thanks to the centralized service, Jisc libraries will not have to negotiate agreement terms and will be able to use the invoicing processes they are used to through the consortium. 

Jisc libraries that commit to support Direct to Open before September 30, 2021 will earn exclusive benefits. They will gain term access to an archive of gated titles, including classic works by Rosalind Krauss, Daniel Dennett, Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, Sherry Turkle, and many more. D2O participating libraries also receive special discounting on the MIT Press’s trade books collection on the MIT Press Direct platform. If D2O does not reach the success threshold for 2022, participating libraries are assured term access to the archive collection without paying the fee….”

Open access science leads to more citations – The Science Show – ABC Radio National

Abstract:  The traditional method in releasing scientific results, still widely practiced, is to have a paper published in a peer reviewed journal, one usually accessible only by subscription. But that is changing. Some results are allowed to be seen by all. But it goes further. Some scientists release their results step by step and welcome feedback as experiments are underway. This is open access science. Kiera McNeice, Research Data Manager at Cambridge University Press says the publisher is pushing for more open access research while maintaining high standards of peer review. She says it leads to more citations, which for many scientists is a key measure of their work.

 

Job: University of Westminster Press: Press Manager (application deadline: July 25, 2021)

Salary: £41,715 per annum (Incl. LWA)

This post is full time and permanent, working 35 hours per week. 

This role presents an exciting opportunity to build on the existing success of the University of Westminster Press, which sits within the Research Environment and Scholarly Communications team within the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office at the University, while working closely with colleagues in the University’s Library and Archives Service. 

 

Based in the heart of Central London, the University of Westminster Press (UWP) is a relatively new digital-first open access publisher of peer reviewed academic books, policy briefs and journals that was launched in 2015. A key component of the University’s Open Research Environment, it exists to provide global public access to academic work in multiple formats. In partnership with our authors and editors, we publish in areas that reflect the teaching and research strengths of the University of Westminster in social sciences and humanities, science and technology, media arts and design and other subject areas. 

 

UWP is an open access, ‘new’ university press, publishing peer-reviewed academic books and journals. It functions as a mixed model diamond open access publisher supported by income from book sales, central university and departmental contributions, one-off external university and grant-holder donations and library membership collective funding notably Knowledge Unlatched’s ‘Select’ programmes for individual titles. Many of its publications are in the area of media and communications but it has published book titles in history, philosophy, geography, education and politics. Its activities are overseen by a single UWP Editorial Board. 

 

The post-holder will be responsible for managing day to day operations and contributing to the strategic development of the University of Westminster Press (UWP), working with the UWP Editorial Board, authors, editors and colleagues, ensuring the continuous flow of open access articles/books from acquisition through peer review to post production dissemination, maintaining quality standards and promoting published content. They will work closely with colleagues to further develop the University’s Open Research Environment.

 

To apply for this vacancy please click above. Further information can be found in the job description and person specification, which can be accessed through link below. 

 

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders. 

 

We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable.

 

Closing date: midnight on Sunday 25th July 2021

 

Interviews are likely to be held on: Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Balancing Investments in Open Access: Sustainability and Innovation · Commonplace

“Over the past year or so my colleagues at Temple University Libraries and I have been engaged in a project to assess various open access publishing initiatives. Led by myself and Collections Analysis Librarian Karen Kohn, our goal was to develop a plan for how the Libraries might more strategically use the collections budget to support the global transition to open. Towards this end, we organized all-staff discussions, brought in a speaker, and did a lot of reading about what other libraries are doing.

Throughout this project, I have been struck by what I see as the central tension within this work: we want to experiment and support innovative approaches to open access but at the same time we need these initiatives to be sustainable for our organization….

After a year spent learning, thinking, talking, and writing, our group came up with four priorities that will guide future decisions as to which open publishing initiatives we support. These priorities include:

Non-APC or BPC-based models

Initiatives that focus on disciplines that are less likely to have researchers with grant funding

Initiatives spearheaded by university presses or scholarly societies

Models in which the cost is comparable to a similar paywalled product and/or the change in cost over time is predictable…” 

OPERAS Open Chats: Wir müssen reden… heute über OPERAS Services für (Hochschul-)Verlage (We need to talk… today about OPERAS services for (university) publishers) | Zenodo

Töpfer, Marlen. (2021, June). OPERAS Open Chats: Wir müssen reden… heute über OPERAS Services für (Hochschul-)Verlage. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4971766

Presentation of the event on the OPERAS Infrastructure held by OPERAS-GER on 15 June 2021.

Amsterdam University Press launches new journals platform aup-online.com | Amsterdam University Press

“With the acquisition of 14 journal titles in 2020, adding up to a portfolio of 33 specialised journals in the humanities and social sciences, AUP further professionalizes its academic program by launching a platform that takes digital publishing to the next level….

aup-online.com, developed through publishing platform Ingenta Edify, fully exploits the possibilities of digital search and discovery. In this way, users will quickly find the content they are looking for. Other benefits include integrated SEO optimization (coordinated with Google Scholar), third-party integrations with tools such as Crossref, XML-first publishing options, DOI hyperlinks, and a first-class experience accessing full screen supplementary materials….

University of Westminster Press celebrates one million views and downloads | University of Westminster, London

“The University’s open access publisher, University of Westminster Press (UWP), has reached an impressive milestone of one million views and downloads of its published titles….

 

The UWP is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic books and journals. Launched in 2015, the publisher exists to provide global public access to academic work in multiple formats, including books, policy briefs and journals. Over one million views and downloads have been achieved by the publisher since publishing its first journal in September 2015….”

Introducing Direct to Open – YouTube

“Direct to Open (D2O) is a sustainable framework for open access monographs and edited collections from the MIT Press. D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model to a collaborative, library-supported open access model. Instead of purchasing a title once for a single collection, libraries now have the opportunity to fund them one time for the world through participant fees. See how it works….”

PNAS Announces PNAS Nexus

“The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is pleased to announce the launch of PNAS Nexus, a highly selective, open access journal with a focus on innovation and rapid publication. PNAS Nexus will publish innovative and multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary work across the biological, physical, and social sciences, particularly encompassing engineering and health sciences. The journal will be published under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Karen Nelson, president of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), and in partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP)….

In late summer 2021, PNAS Nexus will begin considering new submissions along with manuscripts rejected after review from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)—the flagship journal of the NAS—that authors wish to transfer. PNAS Nexus will publish its first issue in early 2022….”

IreL Signs Read and Publish Agreement with Oxford University Press – The University Times

“Oxford University Press (OUP) has signed a read and publish agreement with IReL – a consortium of 10 Irish universities – that will grant the colleges access to hundreds of the press’s titles.

The three-year deal enables students and academic staff at participating institutions to access the full journals collection of the OUP – which includes over 340 titles.

Through the publishing side of the agreement, researchers at the institutions will be able to publish their work in OUP’s fully open access and hybrid journals without paying individual fees….”

The MIT Press Journals Join MIT Press Direct on the Silverchair Platform – Silverchair

“Silverchair and the MIT Press announce the launch of 39 of the Press’s journals on the Silverchair Platform. These journals join the thousands of MIT Press eBooks on the press’s institutional content platform MIT Press Direct, which launched in 2018….”

 

MIT Press Direct to Open (D2O) Prospectus

Direct to Open (D2O) is a new, collective action model, built to support the open access publication of digital monographs from the MIT Press. Open scholarship benefits authors, readers, and the academy at large. At the same time, the traditional, market?based business model for scholarly monographs no longer works. D2O seeks to move digital scholarly books—monographs and edited volumes—from a gated purchase model to an open community?supported approach. D2O brings libraries and the MIT Press together to open access to knowledge in a new way.

MSU Press Merges With MSU Libraries To Optimize Resoures & Expand Access | MSU Libraries

“In a move that reflects both a national trend and a campus commitment to partnership, Michigan State University Press has merged with Michigan State University Libraries. The announcement was made by Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr.

“We’re thrilled about this partnership, and we think it’s a natural way to support scholarly publication and strengthen our mutual commitment to learning,” Salem said. “Like other academic libraries, MSU Libraries has taken an active role in scholarly publishing. And, like other academic libraries, we’ve always had an important relationship with our university press.”

The merge was effective May 1, but the process of integrating both units will evolve as a gradual transition. Dean Salem’s oversight of MSU Press began at the beginning of the month, but the Press will continue operations in its current location in the Manly Miles building, and the two budgets will remain separated. …

MSU Press Director Gabriel Dotto said the partnership will increase the opportunities inherent in Press-Library synergies. “We anticipate exploring more unique library collections to generate new publications; building our list in Digital Humanities, conceived both as traditional monographs and as born-digital projects; and enhancing the Press’s commitment toward finding sustainable models of open access, building on the two MSU-based OA journals the Press already publishes,” Dotto said….”

UMP Fund-to-Mission Flyer.pdf – Google Drive

“The University of Michigan Press has been taking steps to develop a publishing program that aligns with our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This is why the Press is transitioning to an open access monograph model we term “Fund to Mission.”

Fund to Mission demonstrates a return to the origins of the university press movement and moves toward a more open, sustainable infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences.

The FUNDING MODEL

The Press is seeking a total of $250,000 in annual funding from the library community as it transitions to open. This amount acts as a match to internal funding from the University of Michigan. After extensive consultation with libraries, we have adopted a simple approach to reach our annual funding goal. Libraries are invited to continue to participate in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) by way of our current fair pricing. However, rather than only funding a paywalled collection, an increasing percentage of titles become open access. By committing to purchase one of the UMP EBC packages, libraries:

• Support the conversion to open access of at least half (~45) of University of Michigan Press scholarly monographs in 2022. (We will expand this percentage if we realize our full goal, and will build on it in succeeding years);

• Receive perpetual access to the remaining restricted frontlist titles and term access to the backlist (~1,500 titles), which will otherwise remain closed to non-purchasers;

• Support authors’ ability to publish innovative, digital scholarship leveraging the next-generation, open-source Fulcrum platform….”

OERs: the future of education? | Research Information

“When University College London launched UCL Press, in 2015, the library services team wanted the open access university press to become the OA publisher of choice for authors, editors and readers around the world. Six years, 180 research monographs and more than four million downloads later, the press has, without a doubt, been embraced by many.

Paul Ayris, pro-vice provost and director of UCL Library Services, tells Research Information: ‘With only 180 books, we’ve reached more than 240 countries and territories across the world… as the UK’s first fully open access university press, we’ve seen the impact the press has had.’

Over this time, one of the top ten downloads has been an e-textbook on burns and plastic surgery produced by Deepak Kalaskar from Medical Sciences at UCL and director of the  MSc course in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery. According to Ayris, the book’s 70,000 downloads are proof that e-textbooks and open educational resources have a clear future at UCL, a point that’s only been underlined by the current pandemic.

‘UCL has now given us funding to produce an e-textbook service,’ he says. ‘We have 45,000 students at UCL and when the libraries physically closed and students couldn’t get access to physical copies… we saw that digital education and providing open educational materials was the way to go.’

‘I wouldn’t have said that 12 months ago, but I’m saying it now,’ he adds….”