Opening the Future for Open Access: New Article in ‘Research Information’

An article co-authored by Anthony Cond, CEO of Liverpool University Press was published recently in leading industry magazine, ‘Research Information’. With the recent awareness of the benefits of Open Access publications being showcased throughout #OpenAccessWeek2021, the article discusses some of the more recent developments in OA legislation, considering its impact on the academic publishing industry going forward.

In the article, Cond and co-author Professor Martin Eve (Birkbeck, University of London and COPIM project lead), discuss more specifically some of the emerging funding models in open access monograph publishing. They note that the funding landscape is getting more complex and that libraries face a challenge in keeping abreast and in identifying which models are the best fit for their institution. Cond and Eve conclude:

“The next year will be crucial in terms of mandates and models. What we cannot do, at this point, is throw our hands up and say that everything is too complicated and do nothing.”

Opening the Future initiative

Liverpool University Press’s Opening the Future programme is just one new model in this landscape: a library membership deal whereby the money from subscriptions is used exclusively to produce new open access books. At the same time, being a member boosts the libraries’ eBook collections in the fields of Hispanic culture, including literature, cinema, popular culture, theory and history. You can read more on the books that library members get access to as part of the Modern Languages Package on the Opening the Future programme webpage, with more information available on the FAQs.

You can read the full ‘Research Information’ article, ‘Crucial time’ for OA monographs on their website.


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