Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference (#OAbooks)
On the 1 and 2 July 2013, JISC Collections, in partnership with OAPEN Foundation, held the Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences conference (#OAbooks). Hosted at the British Library and sponsored by Jisc, AHRC, ESRC, FWF and NWO, the conference was attended by over 250 delegates from across the world and from all areas of scholarly communications.
Chaired by Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford, the conference provided the opportunity to discuss the challenges of moving to an open access model for monographs, learn about new initiatives and to share ideas for where collaboration could help support the adoption of open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences (HSS).
Please visit the links below to view videos, presentations and see the conference programme. A full report of the conference is being written and will be made available online.
The conference was held over two days. The first day started with a keynote by Jean-Claude Guedon and was followed by presentations on copyright and Creative Commons, peer review and quality, promising business models and a panel session called HSS after Finch. On the second day, we had showcases from a number of innovative initiatives that are really experimenting with new models and methods of publishing in open access. We also held three strands: one for researchers, one for librarians and publishers and one for research funders before closing the conference with a keynote by Cameron Neylon.
The conference twitter tag is #OAbooks. We encourage you to continue to use this tag for tweets that are relevant to open access monographs.
Read the official comprehensive storify of the conference created by Kirsty Pitkin.
We recorded the whole of the first day and the closing keynote on the second day. We have made these available in YouTube on the OAbooks channel. You can also link through to the videos from the conference programme.
We have placed all the presentations into slideshare. You can also link through to the presentations from the conference programme. Please note that we are waiting for some presentations so there may be some gaps.
Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science Monograph Authors
At the conference we launched this guide which is an output of the OAPEN-UK project. The guide explores concerns expressed in public evidence given by researchers, learned societies and publishers to inquiries in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and also concerns expressed by researchers working with the OAPEN-UK project. It identifies a number of common questions and provides answers, which have been checked by experts including Creative Commons. The guide has been edited by active researchers, to make sure that it is relevant and useful to academics faced with making decisions about publishing.
Several presenters and delegates have written blogs about the conference. Where we are aware of them we have linked to them below:
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