Supporting alternative models of publishing – Celebrating Open Access Week 2019

October 15, 2019

Open Access Week 2019Celebrate Open Access Week by looking for resources with the orange open lock logo in your WorldCat Discovery search results. If you publish scholarship or textbooks, consider publishing your work open access!

Then, as you read a book or article from the library/WorldCat Discovery, consider that item’s path from its creation to reaching you. Your library supports the multiple and developing open access models that take scholarship from “pen” to you. One means of support is through library stipends to help pay article processing charges (APC). Faculty authors can apply for open access APC stipends when publishing in journals that meet certain criteria. See Open Access Library Guide for more info.

Open access publishing is another means of supporting sustainable and inclusive production of and access to scholarship. In addition to publishing local content in Digital Commons @ Macalester, the library supports open access book publishers and initiatives such as Lever Press, Open Book Publishers, and the Library Publishing Coalition.

Lever Press

Initiated through the Oberlin Group, with nearly 50 consortium institutions supporting this open access ebook publishing initiative. Lever Press was founded with the commitments of alignment with mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges, Platinum OA (no fees for authors or their institutions), and publishing digitally native, rich media books. There are currently four peer reviewed Lever Press books published online with an additional six queued to be published through next spring. (Lever Press Catalog)

Open Book Publishers

An open access book publisher, based in the UK, with 143 member libraries and 157 titles published, to date. The Open Book Publishers (OBP) catalog of peer reviewed titles spans across the disciplines, from Anthropology to Women and Gender Studies –with an emphasis on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ebooks are available in multiple formats to view on line or to download and many also include media/interactive content. As with other OA publishers, authors keep the copyright to their work.

Library Publishing Coalition

A networked organization of academic and research libraries. The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is a member-driven organization. Through the LPC members engage with an international community of practice, develop best practices and share expertise in library publishing. Libraries are working together to lead change and to help build “A scholarly publishing landscape that is open, inclusive, and sustainable.”