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Friday, May 21 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
‘Opening the Future’ A new funding model for open-access monographs: introducing an innovative approach to publishing OA books through library membership funding

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We outline the work of a university press, with assistance from the COPIM Project (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs), in launching an innovative revenue model to fund open access monographs at a traditional scholarly publisher. Building on library subscription models, we present a sustainable OA publishing model that gives library members access to a highly-regarded backlist, with the revenue then used to make the frontlist openly accessible.

Given the current global library environment and existing budget pressures that have been exacerbated by Covid-19, a consortial model of funding promises a cost-effective solution for OA that means no single institution bears a disproportionate burden. This model, then, appeals to both those who wish to pay for subscription-access content (more traditional university acquisition models) and those who support OA initiatives. It brings many institutions together under one roof for an affordable route to open-access books.

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Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London & COPIM
Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London. He has been a steering-group member of the OAPEN-UK project, the Jisc National Monograph Strategy Group, the SCONUL Strategy Group on Academic Content and Communications, and the... Read More →
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Tom Grady

Scholarly Publishing Outreach, COPIM

Friday May 21, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
On Demand (pre-recorded)