Open Access AHSS monographs in practice: myth vs reality
There is much discussion at the moment around Open Access (OA) monograph publishing. Discussions around Plan S, future REF policy, UKRI OA policy etc. all currently indicate (with varying degrees of detail) a greater shift in requirements towards OA around monographs. This has led to the voicing of much concern, in particular from Arts, Humanities and Social Science (AHSS) areas, where the long form research output is still central to the academic process. Some are vocal in their opinion that OA isn’t a workable solution for monographs in certain areas, with issues cited around funding, third party content, author rights and reuse agreements.
However, OA monographs are being published in AHSS subjects. White Rose University Press is a small but growing OA publisher supported by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York – one of a growing number of new university presses, many of which are OA focused. Its OA monograph output is entirely AHSS, and in working on these monographs we have seen a difference between assumption and the reality of the process. This session will talk specifically through our experience of working on these projects, showing that not all the myths around OA AHSS monograph publishing hold true.