OAPEN-UK is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and JISC funded project exploring the challenges and steps required to move towards an open access publishing model for scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences. There’s more information on the project website: http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/.
In an open access model the monograph is made freely available – readers (or their libraries) do not have to pay to read it online, rather the costs of the publishing process (e.g. peer review, typesetting, marketing) are recovered through alternative routes such as research grants, institutional funding or perhaps through readers purchasing print editions or particular formats for their iPad or Kindle. Various models are being tested at the moment.
OAPEN-UK has two strands: an open access pilot gathering data on the usage, sales and citations of 60 monographs, and a wider research project which explores the environment for open access publishing.
We’re six months into the project and, following a series of focus groups, have identified some key questions for researchers – both as authors and readers. This survey will help us understand what you value and require from a publication process, so that we can be fully aware of the issues and priorities that an open access publishing model must accommodate.
The survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Nobody will have access to your individual responses except the project researcher, and we will never publish anything that might identify you.
If you would like to be entered into a draw for Amazon vouchers – we have three £100 vouchers, three £50 vouchers and three £25 vouchers available to win - please make sure you complete the whole survey, including your email address.