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Research Publishing (Open Access)

Open access compliance and REF 2021

Monographs - UKRI policy

The new UKRI policy announced in August 2021 requires monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024 to be made open access within 12 months of publication.

Are Monographs in scope for REF 2021?

Monographs do not need to be open access for REF 2021. Only journal articles and conference proceedings are required to comply with the current REF 2021 OA policy.

Plan S and open access monograhs FAQs.

Open access monographs: supporting bibliodiversity (6th May 2020)

This blog post was written by Graham Stone, senior programme manager for open access monographs.

Towards a Roadmap for Open Access Monographs (A Knowledge Exchange Report), May 2019

Having been overlooked for a long time, OA monographs are now increasingly recognised as an important factor in Open Access publishing. National Open Science policies name OA Monogaphs explicitly to help achieve openness in the way research and scholarship are conducted and made available.

To support better incorporation of OA monographs in overall OA policies and approaches, Knowledge Exchange, in 2017 and 2018 produced a landscape study on Open Access and Monographs and the results of a stakeholder survey. Outcomes indicate that there is a crucial need for international concertation and harmonisation among communities.  

To follow-up Knowledge Exchange invited experts and stakeholders from academic libraries, universities, authors, publishers, EC-officers and others for an international two-day workshop in Brussels. On 8 and 9 November 2018 intense exchanges and brainstorming resulted in the information and recommendations you will find in our latest publication Towards a Roadmap for Open Access Monographs. First published May 2019, revised version published June 2019. This 2nd version of the report was updated to include a revised summary of the examples of other funder policies on page 18. 

Chris Keene - Jisc (and Knowledge Exchange steering group), 2019

Open Access Monographs (Univerisities UK Report), July 2018

This Open Access Monographs report (July 2018) was produced by the Universities UK Open Access Monographs working group. It provides an overview of the open access (OA) landscape for monographs,significant publishing activities, and recent reports that provide an insight into the transition to OA for academic books.

Open access briefing: OA monographs in the UK

This paper outlines the UK landscape for arts, humanities and social science (AHSS) monograph publishing, the state of business models to support open access (OA), the technical infrastructure, the engagement of the academic community and suggestions for improvement (published as part of Open Access Week October 2018).