Pilot Project for the Open Access Transformation of E-Books
The pilot project "transcript OPEN library Politikwissenschaft" marks a further milestone in the
current transformation towards ever more Open Access content. The pilot has been launched jointly
by the "Nationalen Open-Access-Kontaktpunkt OA2020-DE" and "transcript Independent Academic
Click here to view all of the titles which will be made available Open Access. You can also see the full collection on OAPEN.
The Collection will contain:
- approx. 170 eBooks (equal to ~ 2.700 Chapters)
- published between 2003 and 2017
- as well as frontlist titles from 2018
- about 340 pages each
- 70% monographs, 30% anthologies
- mostly german, 7% english content
The Consortial Solution: Supporting a wide-spread transformation to Open Access
The pilot invites academic libraries to help take collaborative measures in the move towards Open
The ongoing elimination of paywalls will only be sustainable if large quantities of content are made available by subject area. By using a consortial model it will be possible to achieve the necessary funding for full subject collections.
The complete frontlist of 2019 titles (i.e. all new titles in the field of Political Science) will be bundled into one package, very similar to the established practice of “eBook collections”. Rather than individual libraries purchasing eBook licences, the crowdfunding model means that libraries collectively finance the full frontlist production being made available in Open Access.
Hence library budgets will be used to fund free access for users all around the world, rather than just purchasing paywalled eBooks library by library.
The transcript Politics Collection:
- 20 new titles
- International and European politics
- Parties, Social Movement and Civil Society
- Political Theory and Polity
Professional distribution supported by Knowledge Unlatched
- Available via OAPEN, HathiTrust and JSTOR
- Publication with Creative Commons licensing
- Long-term archiving at Portico
- DOI registration on single chapter level
- Inclusion in discovery systems such as DOAB, GoogleScholar, ProQuest
- Provision of MARC records
- Key points in a nutshell
- Additional benefits for participating institutions
- Added value Open Access for the scientific community
From Acquisitions to Enabling
For the pilot to be successful, a minimum of 20 participating libraries are required to support the crowdfunding model. The costs of publishing the books will be supplemented by a subsidy from the author, and funding from libraries will help cover the publication costs and reduced publishing margins.
The actual cost to libraries to support the model will depend very much upon the number of participating institutions. The “Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Politikwissenschaft“ at the State and University Library Bremen has already agreed to finance 50% of the project, which means that half of the funding has already been secured.
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