ALPSP members may be interested in taking part in a survey being conducted by the OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks - www.oapen.org - project). The title of the
survey is “Funding of Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)”
The aim of OAPEN is to develop and implement an Open Access publication model for peer reviewed academic books in HSS to improve the accessibility, impact and relevance of European research in these fields. To make sure that the model meets the needs of researchers, funders and publishers, they are keen to find out how books are currently funded and how this might be complemented by funding opportunities for the Open Access publishing of books.
They say about the survey:
Publishing monographs (including anthologies in HSS often relies on additional funding on the part of authors/editors as costs can not solely be met by revenues of sales. So far funders have mainly supported the print production and based their funding models on the traditional book market. The combination of a free (open access) electronic version (access, searchability, quick citability etc.) with a convenient pay print version offers new opportunities in visibility and dissemination.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Stefan Buddenbohm, Göttingen State and University Library, firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
posted by Nick Evans, ALPSP 22 October 2009