Open Access: Movement in a Digital World
King's College London. 19th May 2016.
Professor Martin Paul Eve, Birkbeck, University of London
Why do we publish?
To be read. To be assessed.
Dissemination: Quality Control, Validation and Space-Time Compression
- Dissemination of work
- Preservation of record
- Footnotes and scholarly genealogy (vs. science?)
- Labour of reading: reading-avoidance techniques
- Dissemination at a distance
- Difference to conferences?
The Symbolic Economy Maps onto the Real Economy
Problem 2: Public access
- Increasingly educated populace
- Institutional missions to benefit society
- The academy becomes irrelevant
- Especially the humanities
Problem 3: Restrictive Re-Use Rights
- Photocopying licenses
- Text mining/derivatives prohibited
- Inclusion in Wikipedia and other resources
- Community translation
Open Access (OA)
Background image © PLOS. Used under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
- Peer-reviewed research
- Free to read online
- Permission to re-use
- Gold: at publisher/source
- Green: institutional/subject repository
- Gratis: free to read
- Libre: free to re-use
But APCs problematic for the humanities and some other disciplines
- Monographs acknowledged as different
- Higher barriers to entry for new publishers
- Open source platform development in infancy
- Production toolchain likewise
- Different discoverability and value-conferral sites
Megajournal / Multijournal / Not-for-profit / Collectively Funded
Planning since 2013
Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- $90,000 planning grant
- University of Lincoln, UK, 2014-2015
- $741,000 sustainability grant
- Birkbeck, University of London, UK, 2015-2018
The Subscription Model as it Exists
The OLH Library Partnership Subsidy Model
~200 Libraries Financially Supporting the OLH in First Year
11 Journals on or Supported by the Platform (~150 articles in first year)
Cost per institution per article: between $3 to $6. Target of 300+ libraries by end of year three.
Ongoing Project to "Flip" Subscription Journals
Four additional journals joined in January 2016
Building Open-Source Publishing Technology
- meTypeset: a JATS XML typesetter
- CaSSius: a CSS regions PDF generator
- Translation Layer
Presentation licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license. All institutional images excluded from CC license.
Available to view online at http://meve.io/Kings2016.