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Report on Livestream 3: OA Beyond APCs International Symposium, November 17-18, 2016

See my previous two reports on the livestream from the “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs” international symposium held November 17-18, 2016 at the University of Kansas here and here. (You can view recordings of the livestream on the KU MediaHub here and here.)

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs

Report on Livestream 2: OA Beyond APCs International Symposium, November 17-18, 2016

Although the subscription-based business model is still dominant in academic journals publishing, open access is finding its way into the mainstream. Most of the large journal publishers that have adopted open access, however, utilize article processing charges (APCs) as their

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs

Report on Livestream 1: OA Beyond APCs International Symposium, November 17-18, 2016

The theme of last year’s Berlin 12 Conference (December 8-9, 2015),* was developed around a white paper published by the Max Planck Digital Library in April 2015 entitled “Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs

Open Library of Humanities Update, Part 2: More about disciplinary curation; a first Religious Studies content initiative; and partnering with libraries for sustainable funding

In Part 1 of this Open Library of Humanities Update, I reported that the article submissions platform, built in partnership with Ubiquity Press, has been launched and is now accepting submissions. I also introduced the Religious Studies and Theology Section

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Open Library of Humanities Update, Part 1: Now accepting submissions; Religious Studies and Theology editors in place

An idea whose time has come often takes time to develop. Two years have elapsed since Dr. Martin Paul Eve first issued a call on his blog for participants to help build a “PLOS-style model for the Humanities and Social Sciences.”

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Journals

New year, new Omega Alpha

A very happy 2015 to all our readers. To welcome the new year, Omega Alpha | Open Access has both a new look and an expanded scope. Up to now, the blog has been closely focused on Open Access (capital O,

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review, Open Repositories & Digital Libraries, Open Scholarship, Open Tools, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology, Scholarly Journals

Jonathan Gray reviews Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future by Martin Eve

Open access for scholarly communication in the Humanities faces some longstanding cultural/social and economic challenges. Deep traditions of scholarly authority, reputation and vetting, relationships with publishers, etc. coupled with relatively shallow pockets in terms of funding (at least compared to the Sciences) and

Posted in "The Hat Tip", Book/Article Review, Commercial Publishing, e-Books, Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms

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