Now, two decades into the OA movement, it is high time for university libraries and presses to finally create a future for OA monographs.
How can we better communicate to readers the degree of access being made available in the context of open access monographs?
This summer, Project MUSE announced that it is developing its ability to host and distribute open access (OA) ebooks. Project MUSE’s director Wendy Queen spoke with me recently about this program and some of the broader strategic issues we should be contemplating.
Although journals, other serials, and reference have made a large scale transition away from print, we must not assume that the same path will inevitably be pursued for other components of collections. A combination of business models, reading practices, and other user needs will play the biggest role in determining the prospects for the printed monograph. Today, it seems that a dual-format environment may remain before us for some time, and there will be advantages for the libraries, publishers, and intermediaries that can develop models for monographs that work best in such an environment.
A new OA monograph series takes a discipline-specific approach to funding, licensing and editorial work.
In Part Two, Richard Fisher looks at the past, the present and the future of monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.
A range of open access (OA) monograph experiments and studies are upon us, or are about to be, and it’s worth taking a look at what we know now and what we can expect to know in the next year […]