Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | November 3, 2018

Open Book Publishers

In my opinion, they deserve attention: Open Book Publishers ; it is likely that I will soon submit to them a book for publication. What follows is an excerpt from their recent email. Please notice a useful list of links at the end.

OBP is trialing a new platform to engage readers, encourage discussion and to keep our books alive and thriving. We have currently implemented on our  title: Hanging on to the Edges by Daniel Nettle – please take part! To annotate this book, all you have to do is click on the HTML version and look for the ‘Annotate this book’ button below the cover image.
OBP recently weighed in on the dangers of participating in Knowledge Unlatched Open Funding and if you want to understand why OBP will not be participating, visit here.

Finally, for those interested, our new and updated Autumn 2018 catalogue is available to download here.

OA Week Blog Series: see an excerpt from An Academic’s Guide to Open Access, in which we explain why authors should choose to publish Open Access or, to read the whole series, visit here.

“Open Access means more readers. A printed monograph will sell 200-400 copies in its lifetime, primarily to university libraries. At OBP, on average our titles receive 400 views per month. UCL Press, an Open Access university publisher, achieved 1 million downloads in three years. Open Access book chapters on JSTOR are downloaded 20 times more than closed-access book chapters. More readers mean more citations; an increased profile for your writing and your discipline; and more colleagues, more students, more interested members of the public who are able to access your books and articles without hitting price barriers. It means your work will be doing more work in the world. Digital publication also allows new and exciting forms of research. You can add sound and moving images to the written word, embed archival materials, and engage directly with fellow scholars or students, thereby improving the quality of your work.”Lucy Barnes, OBP Editor

This blog series includes answers to the following questions:

Will I have to pay a fee? How much is it? What does it pay for?
Is the publisher for-profit or not-for-profit?
What peer-review systems do they have in place?
Do they create Open Access editions?
Do they insist on an embargo period?
Is their Open Access edition just a downloadable PDF?
Are the Open Access editions easily discoverable? How is the work distributed?
Do they let you keep your copyright?

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