Open-access monograph

An open-access monograph is a scholarly monograph which is made freely available with a creative commons licence.[1]


Open access is when academic research is made freely available for anyone to read and re-use.[2] As with open access journals, there are different business models for funding open-access books, including publication charges, institutional support, library publishing, and consortium models.[3] OECD Publishing uses a freemium model by making its books available online in HTML with the option to purchase a print copy.[3] There is some evidence that making electronic editions of books open access can increase sales of the print edition.[4]


While open access to journal articles has become very common, with 50% of articles published in 2011 available as open access,[5] open access to books has not yet seen as much uptake.[6] However, there are dedicated open-access book publishers such as Open Book Publishers and others who publish both books and journals, such as Open Humanities Press.[7] A report released in 2015 by the UK's main funding body for research, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, states the importance of open access monographs:[8] "Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access."[9]

The Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) project provides access to hundreds of peer-reviewed academic books, mainly in the humanities and social sciences.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Budapest Open Access Initiative | Budapest Open Access Initiative". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  2. ^ "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities". Max Planck Open Access. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Ferwerda, Eelco (2014). "Open access monograph business models" (PDF). Insights. 27. doi:10.1629/2048-7754.118. ISSN 2048-7754. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. ^ Suber, Peter (2012). Open access. MIT Press. p. 107. ISBN 9780262517638. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ Archambault, Eric; Amyot, Didier; Deschamps, Philippe; Nicol,, Aurore; Rebout, Lise; Roberge, Guillaume (August 2013). "Proportion of Open Access Peer-Reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels—2004-2011" (PDF). Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ Collins, Ellen; Milloy, Caren (2012). "A snapshot of attitudes towards open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences – part of the OAPEN-UK project" (PDF). Insights. 25 (2). doi:10.1629/2048-7754.25.2.192. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ Bonn, Maria. "Free exchange of ideas Experimenting with the open access monograph". College & Research Libraries News. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Monographs and open access: A report to HEFCE" (PDF). August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Monographs and open access". August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Joining OAPEN". OAPEN. Retrieved 4 June 2014.

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Ancient Near East Monographs

Ancient Near East Monographs is an open-access monograph series focused on the Ancient Near East, including ancient Israel and its literature, from the early Neolithic to the early Hellenistic eras. It is published jointly by the Society of Biblical Literature and the Center of Studies of Ancient Near Eastern History (CEHAO).

Brill Publishers

Brill (Euronext: BRILL) (known as E. J. Brill, Koninklijke Brill, Brill Academic Publishers) is a Dutch international academic publisher founded in 1683 in Leiden, Netherlands. With offices in Leiden, Boston, Paderborn and Singapore, Brill today publishes 275 journals and around 1200 new books and reference works each year. In addition, Brill is a provider of primary source materials online and on microform for researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is an open access service provider registered a for-profit GmbH in Berlin, Germany. It offers a crowdfunding model to support a variety of Open Access book and journal content packages as well as financial funding of partnerships.


A monograph is a specialist work of writing (in contrast to reference works) on a single subject or an aspect of a subject, often by a single author, and usually on a scholarly subject.

In library cataloging, monograph has a broader meaning, that of a nonserial publication complete in one volume (book) or a definite number of volumes. Thus it differs from a serial publication such as a magazine, journal, or newspaper. In this context only, books such as novels are monographs.

Open Book Publishers

Open Book Publishers (OBP) is an open access academic book publisher based in the United Kingdom. It is a non-profit social enterprise and community interest company (CIC) that promotes open access for full academic monographs, critical editions and textbooks in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science. All OBP books are peer-reviewed.All OBP titles are available in free, open access editions in PDF and XTML formats on the publisher’s website, and a number of platforms including Google Books, Worldreader, OpenEdition, DOAB, The European Library and Europeana. Some editions are hosted on Wikiversity in socially editable format (e.g. In the Lands of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography). Readers in developing countries can access OBP titles using e-readers and 2G mobile phones via Worldreader.

Open access

Open access (OA) is a mechanism by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other barriers, and, in its most precise meaning, with the addition of an open license applied to promote reuse.Academic articles (as historically seen in print-based academic journals) have been the main focus of the movement. Conventional (non-open access) journals cover publishing costs through access tolls such as subscriptions, site licenses or pay-per-view charges. Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs.

Steven James Bartlett

Steven James Bartlett (born 1945) is an American philosopher and psychologist notable for his studies in epistemology and the theory of reflexivity, and for his work on the psychology of human aggression and destructiveness, and the shortcomings of psychological normality. His findings challenge the assumption that psychological normality should serve as a standard for good mental health. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and research monographs as well as many papers published in professional journals in the fields of epistemology, psychology, mathematical logic, and philosophy of science.

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