Exploring Usage of Open Access Books

KU Research Press Release 30 December 2017
 

Surveying the Scalability of Open Access Monograph Initiatives: Final Report

By Christopher Barnes, Rebecca Welzenbach and Kathleen Folger, in conjunction with KU Research

The University of Michigan Library ran this project using data from KU and with the KU Research team working alongside on the project. The study contributes to a better understanding of how OA for books may be taken forward in a sustainable manner in the future.

In order to determine obstacles to scaling up OA monograph initiatives in HSS, the University of Michigan Library teamed up with Knowledge Unlatched Research to run a survey of collections units at academic libraries in the U.S. The final report is now available for download.

A total of 103 responses were received from a wide range of universities in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The results shed light on the decision-making process involved in determining whether to participate in various OA initiatives, as well as librarian attitudes regarding the impact of free riders, content quality, usage rates and business models on the potential for scalability.

Download Surveying the Scalability of Open Access Monograph Initiatives: Final Report

Subject(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Open Access, Knowledge Unlatched, Monographs, Scalability Survey