Making OA Monographs Discoverable – Response to the COPIM Report | Library services, Jisc
flavoursofopenscience's bookmarks 2020-10-28
If you haven’t seen it already, colleagues working on COPIM have published a very useful and insightful report entitled ‘Building an Open Dissemination System‘. It looks quite daunting at 70 pages but in fact the recommendations (all 61 of them!) are delivered by page 40 so it’s more digestible than it seems at first glance. One of the central points of the report is that it is difficult for OA publishers to productively engage with existing print and ebook distribution channels and this has the effect of making OA scholarship less visible, not only to researchers and learners but also to librarians, whose job it is to facilitate discovery and to promote a diversity of published output.
One key area of difficulty for OA publishers is how to create and disseminate effective descriptive metadata for their publications. The report sets out a number of ways that this can be problematic:
- there are multiple formats in use across the publishing ecosystem
- multiple submissions are required for different dissemination channels
- there is a lack of consistency or consensus around what a ‘good’ all-purpose bibliographic record should consist of
- book retail systems have difficulty coping with zero pricing for OA materials
- library staff are very time and resource-constrained and often rely on a limited number of established sources for acquisition
So, for all these reasons (and a number of other areas not related specifically to metadata) it is clear that there is a lot of work still to be done to get traction and visibility for OA books.