Open-access monograph

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An open-access monograph is a scholarly monograph which is made openly available online with open license.[1]


Open access is when academic research is made freely available online for anyone to read and re-use.[2] As with open access journals, there are different business models for funding open-access books, including publication charges, institutional support, library publishing, and consortium models.[3] Some publishers, like OECD Publishing, uses a freemium model where the ebook version is made available for free, but readers have the option to purchase a print copy. Sales of the print version subsidise the cost of producing the book.[3] There is some evidence that making electronic editions of books open access can increase sales of the print edition.[4]


While open access to journal articles has become very common, with 50% of articles published in 2011 available as open access,[5] open access to books has not yet seen as much uptake.[6] However, there are dedicated open-access book publishers such as Open Book Publishers, punctum books, and others who publish both books and journals, such as Open Humanities Press.[7] A report released in 2015 by the UK's main funding body for research, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, states the importance of open access monographs:[8] "Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access."[9]

The OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) online library and publication platform provides access to thousands of peer-reviewed academic books, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. The OAPEN Foundation[10] also provides a directory of open access works via Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).

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  1. ^ OAPEN (14 December 2021). "The difference between open access and non-open access books". OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities". Max Planck Open Access. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Ferwerda, Eelco (2014). "Open access monograph business models". Insights. 27: 35–38. doi:10.1629/2048-7754.46. ISSN 2048-7754.
  4. ^ Suber, Peter (2012). Open access. MIT Press. p. 107. ISBN 9780262517638. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ Archambault, Eric; Amyot, Didier; Deschamps, Philippe; Nicol, Aurore; Rebout, Lise; Roberge, Guillaume (August 2013). "Proportion of Open Access Peer-Reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels—2004-2011" (PDF). Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ Collins, Ellen; Milloy, Caren (2012). "A snapshot of attitudes towards open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences – part of the OAPEN-UK project". Insights. 25 (2): 192–197. doi:10.1629/2048-7754.25.2.192.
  7. ^ Bonn, Maria. "Free exchange of ideas Experimenting with the open access monograph". College & Research Libraries News. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Monographs and open access: A report to HEFCE" (PDF). August 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Monographs and open access". August 2013. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Organisation". OAPEN. Retrieved 3 October 2020.

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