OUP is participating in OAPEN-UK, a pilot funded by JISC Collections and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to gather evidence on the viability of open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences. Our participation is running for the duration of the final year of the trial, from September 2013 – September 2014.
How the pilot works
OAPEN-UK works by matching pairs of monographs which are similar in subject area, predicted sales, extent and publication date, and then publishing one open access and publishing the other in the normal manner, as a control.
The titles randomly selected to be open access have been made available as a freely available PDF on the OUP UK Catalogue, Oxford Scholarship Online, the OAPEN Library, and on Google Books. These PDFs are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND). In addition to this, these titles continue to be sold and marketed in the normal way (customers can still purchase print copies or ebooks, for example).
The control titles are not made open access and are simply sold, marketed and distributed in the traditional manner.
See below for a list of the participating titles.
The benefits of participating in OAPEN
At OUP we recognise the continuing importance of the monograph as a valuable mode of scholarly communication, especially in the humanities and social sciences. Given that the open access debate has largely been focused upon academic journals to date, it is vital that experimentation is carried out to create a better evidence base regarding the applicability of open access to scholarly monographs. Participation in this trial will allow us a greater understanding of the opportunities open access publishing presents to our monograph authors and will help inform the path OUP takes in future with this emerging business model.
The following monographs have been published open access as part of the pilot: