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OPERAS is conducting a survey of publishing organisations throughout Europe to identify and better understand existing and potential business models to support the Open Access publication of research monographs. The results of the survey will be used to inform the formulation recommendations about how to create a sustainable open access book publishing ecosystem within Europe. In addition, the survey will produce a snapshot of European open access publishing in humanities and the social sciences, and help us to gain a more comprehensive insight on how OPERAS can support the community and build sustainable paths of transition towards collaborative models for open access books.   

OPERAS is the European Research Infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities. In 2018 the OPERAS Business Models Special Interest Group published a white paper on Business Models for Open Access. The report described the current landscape in which there are multiple approaches to open access publishing. It looked at the business models adopted by OPERAS members at the time as well as emerging models in the USA and at a national level in some European countries. 

Monographs remain the crucial publishing output in humanities and social sciences (HSS). Therefore, the OPERAS Business Models Special Interest Group is now compiling a second white paper in which we hope to shed light on publishing practices around open access books specifically. A recent report from the COPIM project identified a variety of models used for open access books. Alongside these models, this survey puts a special emphasis on the idea of collaboration. The rise of collaborative approaches, relying on sharing of information, funds, and infrastructures has been noted in the recent years, especially in the UK.

OPERAS would like to understand more about how the HSS publishing community applies or could apply collaborative models for open access books, and what issues it encounters when dealing with them.

The survey should take a maximum of 50 minutes to complete, but may be significantly shorter. Please complete the survey by 25 March 2021.



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02/24/2021, 07:42

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02/24/2021, 02:42