Open access monographs: a humanities research perspective

Cheshire, Jim (2014) Open access monographs: a humanities research perspective. Insights: the UKSG Journal, 27 (1). pp. 17-20. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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This article discusses the thoughts of a humanities researcher in relation to open access (OA) publishing. Digital media have dramatically improved access to historic texts but library e-books are frustrating due to software and loan arrangements. Authors of illustrated books risk losing control of book design, although new media offer opportunities to improve image quality and access. Alfred Tennyson's career shows that authors have been sensitive about the physical form of their work since the Victorian period and ignoring the material significance of the book could make us overlook the fundamental changes that the e-book represents. Monographs retain value as a way of evaluating substantive research projects and those published through the OA process will have great advantages over the commercial e-book. ‘Green’ OA publishing is impractical for humanities scholars and funded ‘gold’ OA publishing is likely to involve a labour-intensive application process.

Keywords:open access monographs, open access publishing, digital humanities, NotOAChecked
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P413 Publishing via the World Wide Web
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P410 Electronic Publishing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:14099
Deposited On:21 May 2014 14:00

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