In January 2015 the HEFCE report on Monographs and Open Access was published based on research led by Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The report found that: “There is no single dominant emerging business model for supporting open-access publishing of monographs; a range of approaches will coexist for some time and it is unlikely that any single model will emerge as dominant. Policies will therefore need to be flexible.”
What is often forgotten is that, alongside transparency of public expenditure, the impetus for open access is the ethical and appropriate sharing of valuable knowledge for the betterment of society.
The proposed panel seeks to discuss the potential of the open access monograph format to contribute to this process of ethical knowledge dissemination, whilst highlighting the challenges presently faced by the publishing industry to make this a viable and financially sustainable reality.
The discussion will involve a group of speakers who hold contrasting perspectives on how this transition to open access monograph publishing should be managed and how it may support or disadvantage their particular professional sector and ethical goals.
Ambitiously and in keeping with this year’s open access theme of collaboration, this panel seeks to encourage the development of collaborative thinking between various kinds of publishers and the academe, in order to promote the ethical sharing of knowledge.
1. Martin Eve, Senior Lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London
2. Alison Jones, Managing Editor, Open Access, Oxford University Press
3. Sarah Kember, Professor of New Technologies of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London and Goldsmiths Press
4. Peter Mandler, Professor of History at the University of Cambridge and President of the Royal Historical Society
5. Joanna Zylinska, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London and Radical Open Access Group
Chair: Professor Simon McVeigh, Academic Lead on Open Access and Practice Research
The event will be followed by a drinks reception afterwards to promote further discussion and debate.