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Religious studies scholars not readily adopting open access, according to new Ithaka S+R report

Ithaka S+R, the research arm of Ithaka.org—which includes the well known JSTOR academic journal and monograph database, ARTSTOR image database, and PORTICO digital preservation service—has just released (February 8, 2017) a new report entitled Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs, Open Repositories & Digital Libraries, Peer Review

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

Springer launches first open access journal in Religion: International Journal of Dharma Studies

It was almost two years ago that I received an email from the then publishing editor in Religion and Philosophy at Springer Science+Business Media expressing an interest by the publisher to launch open access journals in Religion. I wrote about

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Publishers), Interviews (Scholars), Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Journals

Best excerpts from Poynder’s “The State of Open Access” interviews, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my post, Best excerpts from Poynder’s “The State of Open Access” interviews. If you missed it, here is the link back to Part 1. Still catching up from my summer hiatus, I wanted to make sure

Posted in "The Hat Tip", Book/Article Review, Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Interviews (Publishers), Interviews (Scholars), Libraries & OA, OA Policies, Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

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