Thoughts on Calling Out Brill Publishers Today – Cal

“I’m using my book and its evident public interest (500 downloads and 1000 hits in a couple days)–as well as my pioneering of a Fahrenheit 451 model of how a humanities author can become a living, iterative digital book–as a platform to shake up academic publishing, which is what my ScholComm job is all about, advocating for Open Access.

I don’t want to just bring Open Science into the heart of Religious Studies. I want to help make the whole world smarter by freeing up important research by REALLY, REALLY SMART people. I want publishing to be the Humanistic force for good that it was first created and born to be!

I’m all for great publishing and working with top quality publishers. I’m all for helping publishers shift to a web-traffic based revenue model.

But I’m done pretending like books shouldn’t be available for free for the world to read, or to pretend that all publishers produce equally valid or important research….”

Jisc Collections and Brill reach Transformative Agreement for UK Libraries

“Jisc Collections and the international scholarly publisher Brill have reached a Transformative Agreement for 2020, which covers the SHEDL consortium as well as all other eligible UK university libraries.

Under the Agreement, academics at participating institutions benefit from reading access to the Full Brill Journal Collection, as well as unlimited Open Access publishing in all Brill journals for 2020. Brill’s journal portfolio consists of more than 330 hybrid and fully Open Access titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and Biology. Articles which have already been published in 2020 will be made available in Open Access retroactively….”

Brill Publishes High-Impact Titles in Open Access through Knowledge Unlatched

“Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is pleased to announce the release of 11 books in Open Access in its most recent collaboration with library crowdsourcing platform Knowledge Unlatched. 

With topics including interdisciplinary research on trust, a comparative study of women and gender, and a comprehensive overview of the historical relationship between money, society, and the economy, Brill is proud to make available relevant contributions from the Humanities and Social Sciences to urgent social discussions. 

To guarantee the widest possible dissemination, all e-books are available via OAPEN, JSTOR, DOAB, and Brill’s dedicated Knowledge Unlatched e-book collection. 

With over 400 titles, Brill has grown to one of the largest Open Access book publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Knowledge Unlatched is one of the OA options offered to authors and editors as part of Brill’s funding support program. Other author services include publication in high quality book series, full peer review, typesetting and production, marketing and promotion, as well as print publication….”

Guest Post: Plan S and Humanities Publishing – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Today’s post is by Jasmin Lange. Jasmin holds a PhD in book history and master’s degree in business management. Before joining Brill, she worked for Ernst Klett in Germany, Blackwell’s in the UK and for an international academic network based at the University of Edinburgh. After moving to Brill in 2011, she specialized in mergers & acquisitions, new business models, licensing, and open access. In January 2018, she was appointed Chief Publishing Officer and a member of Brill’s Executive Committee….”

Plan S and Humanities Publishing – The Scholarly Kitchen

It is widely recognized that HSS and its publishing industry are different (and less profitable). As a publisher in those fields, one could easily be tempted to ask funders for exceptions to policies that push for a faster transition to OA – out of fear that we might become collateral damage in a process that hit us like a storm. One year after Plan S, I think to do so would be a huge mistake.

It is very simple: if we ask for exceptions for HSS, the research we publish will not be able to transition to open with the same speed as STM. As a consequence, HSS research would not be visible as much, would generate less impact and would be even more pushed to the background when budgets are distributed. HSS would be left behind.

We not only need to accelerate OA – increase the speed of transition – but, more importantly, we need to expand the possibilities to transition to OA beyond the APC model. HSS research is highly relevant and deserves to be open. By being more open, HSS can have a greater impact on society and contribute more efficiently to making this world a better place. As HSS publishers, we need to speak up for the communities we serve and help them defend their position in a competitive research landscape. With the right plan for a transition to more openness, HSS will not only survive but thrive in the future and unfold their full potential….”