OAPEN-CH – The impact of open access on scientific monographs in Switzerland: A project conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
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OAPEN-CH – The impact of open access on scientific monographs in Switzerland: A project conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1220607
The OAPEN-CH pilot project
While there are still a number of hurdles to overcome, acceptance of open access mon- ographs has grown in recent years. In the period from 2014 to 2017, the OAPEN-CH pilot project allowed the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to identify the dif- ficulties arising during the transition phase and define future specifications for open access monographs. The SNSF carried out the project jointly with Swiss and German publishers in the humanities and socials sciences.
The impact of open access was ascertained on the basis of the 105 monographs pub- lished under OAPEN-CH with funding of 1.5 million Swiss francs from the SNSF. The constructive exchange gave both the SNSF and the twelve participating publishers valuable insights into how to implement open access to monographs. The SNSF was able to draw on the acquired expertise for its new open access policy.
The design of the OAPEN-CH study
The OAPEN-CH pilot project was designed to acquire know-how and first-hand expe- rience of the publication and funding of open access monographs in Switzerland. Quantitative data on use, sales and costs was collected in order to investigate the effect of open access. The perceptions and expectations of authors and publishers were also integrated into the analysis...."