‘The OA Mythbusters’ series was launched for 2021 Open Access Week.

Through this video series the OABN community seeks to dispel a number of key myths around OA books. In these short videos, common statements are addressed by fellow community members, informally known as ‘the OA Mythbusters’.

Access the OA Mythbusters playlist on our YouTube channel here.

We have released the following episodes:

If I want to publish Open Access I have to pay the publisher with Dr. Sebastian Nordhoff, Managing Director, Language Science Press, Germany.

People who are interested in academic books can easily access them already, whether they’re open access or not with Caroline Ball, Academic Librarian, University of Derby, UK.

If I publish Open Access, I won’t be able to include any third-party material (e.g. copyrighted images) with Jan M. Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University.

Open Access means I can no longer receive royalties from my book with John Sherer, Director of The University of North Carolina Press, US.

I want to hold my book. If I publish Open Access, I will not have a print copy of it with Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Co-Director of punctumbooks.

Publishing my book Open Access will not advance my career with Janneke Adema, Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University.

If I publish my book Open Access, I won’t have control over my work with Martin Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at the University of London’s Birkbeck College.

Open Access for books is only affordable for funded authors from rich institutions with Jill Claassen, Section Manager, Scholarly Communication and Research, University of Cape Town.



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