Oxford University Press (OUP) joins OAPEN-UK, a collaborative research project exploring open access (OA) scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences. OAPEN-UK is co-funded by Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is gathering data in order to help funders, authors, publishers and institutions make informed decisions on the future of OA monographs.

OAPEN-UK marks OUP’s first move into the developing world of open access scholarly monographs. Mandy Hill, Publishing Director, Global Academic Business, OUP, said: ‘We’re excited to join the OAPEN-UK project. OUP has a proud history as a major publisher of scholarly monographs and we are committed to their global dissemination. OAPEN-UK, with its objectives to develop awareness of and data around OA monographs, will play an important part for us in working with the scholarly community to determine the best business models for the future. ’

‘The participation of OUP in OAPEN-UK marks a significant step in the recognition and acceptance that OA monographs will be part of the scholarly publishing future’ said Caren Milloy, Head of Projects at Jisc Collections. ‘The inclusion of the 18 OUP titles will strengthen the usage and sales data we are collecting to compare the performance of open access titles against non open access titles and will complement the knowledge and expertise feeding into the research.’

The OUP titles cover a range of subjects including law, politics, economics and the early church and are freely available as PDFs to be read and re-used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND. The titles are available via the OUP catalogue, Oxford Scholarship Online, OAPEN Library, and they are also 100% available in Google Books. More information on the OUP titles and the OAPEN-UK project can be found here.


For further details, please contact:

Caren Milloy, Head of Projects, Jisc Collections
c.milloy@jisc-collections.ac.uk | +44 (0) 203 0066003

Rhodri Jackson, Senior Publisher, Oxford Open
rhodri.jackson@oup.com | +44 (0) 1865 353510

A unified approach to OAbooks

Caren Milloy and Eelco Ferwerda have published an article in Research Europe that explore the need for a unified approach across Europe to support a vibrant market for open-access monographs. Read the article.

Learned societies & OAbooks

Our case study of the Regional Studies Association is now available to read. This learned society case study explores their current monograph publishing programme and how income from publications supports their work researchers across the world.

The case study, alongside the one with the Royal Historical Society provide a really useful overview of the contribution of learned societies to the humanities and social sciences and the challenges and opportunities they face in transitioning to open access monograph publishing.

New titles added to the e-books for FE project

Over 50 new titles have been added to Jisc Collections’ e-books for FE project in time for the new academic year. Like the existing 3,000+ titles, they are available for free to any FE institution that registers for the agreement.

We have invested in the new content to keep the collection up-to-date and relevant to changing FE curriculums. It was procured and selected in consultation with representatives of the FE sector earlier this summer.

Most of the new titles are published by Hodder and Stoughton, with some from Taylor & Francis, and they include A level course books as well as BTEC, CACHE and NVQ textbooks.

The titles are available to access now on the Ebrary platform, and their MARC records are free to download from the Ebrary partner portal.