mediastudies.press: A conversation with founder Jeff Pooley

This post, written by Jeff Pooley (professor of media & communication at Muhlenberg College and director of mediastudies.press), is an introduction to the next event in the ‘BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books’ series. A live session, open to all, will be held via this Zoom link on Tuesday 26th January at 16:00 CET/ 15:00 GMT/10:00 ET, when we will interview Jeff about the founding and first year of mediastudies.press. If you have questions for Jeff, please add them to the comments section below so they can be included in the conversation on 26th January — and join us at the event if you can! A recording will be available afterwards via our YouTube channel.

by Jeff Pooley

I’m looking forward to joining the BoOkmArks conversation next week. In advance of the discussion, I thought I would introduce the main project that I’ll be talking about, mediastudies.press. Continue reading “mediastudies.press: A conversation with founder Jeff Pooley”

Financing change: KU Leuven’s Fair OA Fund

This post, written by Demmy Verbeke (Head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes), is an introduction to the next event in the ‘BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books’ series. A live session will be held via this Zoom link on 8th December at 16:00 CET/ 15:00 GMT/10:00 ET, when we will interview Demmy about KU Leuven’s Fair OA Fund. If you have questions for Demmy, please add them to the comments section below so they can be included in the conversation on 8th December — and join us at the event if you can!

by Demmy Verbeke

If you want change, try something new.

This seems comically simple advice, but it is advice that universities, worldwide, seem unable or unwilling to follow when it comes to building and maintaining the infrastructure for scholarly communication. The first reason to want change is the cost of this infrastructure, which has been considered problematic since the beginning of the twentieth century, and which has only risen since, high above the rate of inflation.

Secondly, concerns have been raised over and over again about how research output (and particularly how an individual scholar or an institution making use of scholarly communication infrastructure) has become intertwined with research assessment, and that the methods used for this assessment do not align with scholarly values. One example: assessing an individual scholar by the press where he or she publishes, which, in essence, equals outsourcing judgment to an external party who is not focused on assessing the quality of the work but its commercial potential. Continue reading “Financing change: KU Leuven’s Fair OA Fund”

What is the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP)?

This post is part of the BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books series. A live session will be held via this Zoom link on October 20th at 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST, when we will interview Peter Suber (Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the the Harvard Open Access Project, and Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society), Milica Ševkušić (Librarian at the Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia; Member of the Repository Development Team at the University of Belgrade Computer Centre; and EIFL Open Access Country Coordinator in Serbia) and Gary Price (librarian, writer and consultant) about the Open Access Tracking Project discussed in this post. If you have any comments or questions for Peter and Milica, please add them to the comments section below so they can be included in the conversation on October 20th — and join us at the event if you can!

This event has now taken place — you can watch the recording here.

Co-written by Peter Suber, Milica Ševkušić, Tom Mosterd and Lucy Barnes

The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), initiated by Peter Suber in 2009, is a crowd-sourced social-tagging project that runs on open-source software. It captures news and comment on open access (OA) to research in every academic field and region of the world. Continue reading “What is the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP)?”

Diversifying Readership Through Open Access

This post is part of the BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books series. A live session will be held via this Zoom link on October 6th at 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST, when we will interview Ros Pyne, Director of Open Access Books and Book Policies at Springer Nature, and Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University and researcher at Collaborative Open Access Research and Development (COARD), about the paper discussed in this post. If you have any comments or questions for Ros and Cameron, please add them to the comments section below so they can be included in the conversation on October 6th — and join us at the event if you can!

This event has now taken place — you can view a recording of the discussion here.

By Ros Pyne, Director of Open Access Books and Book Policies, Springer Nature

A few years ago, we did some work looking at the effect of open access (OA) on downloads and citations of scholarly books. Our authors were excited to hear about the impact that OA could have on their work, but the next question was always along the lines of, ‘But where are those extra downloads coming from? Is OA actually helping books to achieve a more diverse audience?’ A survey of book authors’ attitudes to OA that we conducted last year confirmed this concern: we found that reaching a broad readership – and reaching non-academic audiences such as policymakers and practitioners – ranked high in book authors’ motivations. Reaching readers in low-income- and lower-middle-income-countries (LICs and LMICs) was particularly important to authors who had published an OA book. Continue reading “Diversifying Readership Through Open Access”

The OABN is launched! Notes from the event

Last week was the official launch of the Open Access Books Network. Held remotely (it’s 2020 after all) the event was attended by academics, open access advocates, librarians, scholarly communications professionals, publishers and policy-makers from all over Europe and beyond. The launch was a great opportunity for the founding members of the Network to introduce ourselves, and to demonstrate the Humanities Commons site that we hope will become a hub of conversation, events, and readings about OA books. Continue reading “The OABN is launched! Notes from the event”

The Open Access Books Network launches on 15 September!

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Open Access Books Network

'Save the date' invitation
Agata Morka, CC BY.

The Open Access Books Network (OABN) is founded by members of OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and SPARC Europe and it is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. The Network will host online events, publish blogs, share details of relevant conferences and webinars, and upload readings about OA books, alongside a lively discussion forum.

Join us on September 15th at 4PM BST/5 PM CEST/11AM ET for a conversation about the OABN at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6027862482.

We will talk about how the Network was established, discuss its goals and plans, and explain how you can engage with the OABN community.


We look forward to seeing you there!