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Oxford University Press is participating in OAPEN-UK, a pilot funded by JISC Collections and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to gather evidence on the viability of open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences. OAPEN-UK works by matching pairs of monographs which are similar in subject area, predicted sales, extent and publication date, and then publishing one open access and publishing the other in the normal manner, as a control. The following monographs have been published open access as part of the pilot and there are more to follow.

  1. The Republic in Danger: Drusus Libo and the Succession of Tiberius by Andrew Pettinger 
  2. The Chronicle of Seert: Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq by Philip Wood 
  3. The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Karen Harvey 
  4. Explaining Criminal Careers: Implications for Justice Policy by John F. MacLeod, Peter Grove, and David Farrington 
  5. Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy by Marina Berzins McCoy 
  6. Blame it on the WTO?: A Human Rights Critique by Sarah Joseph
  7. The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials, edited by Kevin Heller and Gerry Simpson 
  8. The Consequences of the Global Financial Crisis: The Rhetoric of Reform and Regulation, edited by Wyn Grant and Graham K. Wilson 
  9. The Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe’s Political and Economic Elites, edited by Heinrich Best, György Lengyel, and Luca Verzichelli 
  10. Agricultural Input Subsidies: The Recent Malawi Experience by Ephraim Chirwa and Andrew Dorward 
  11. Taxation and the Financial Crisis, edited by Julian S. Alworth and Giampaolo Arachi 
  12. Applicable Law in Investor-State Arbitration: The Interplay Between National and International Law by Hege Elisabeth Kjos 
  13. Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in the Criminal Law by Arlie Loughnan 
  14. The Legal Effects of EU Agreements by Mario Mendez 
  15. Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: “No Longer I” by Charles M. Stang 
  16. Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe, edited by Yann Algan, Alberto Bisin, Alan Manning, and Thierry Verdier 

We’re excited about this opportunity to experiment with the many participating publishers and scholars, and full details of our participation in OAPEN-UK are available online. What do you think of this program? What other experiments can publishers perform?

Film Studies for Free provieds links to 12 books, in english, from the Hong Kong press dealing with film studies. The service they link to  OAPEN is a useful service for getting material. 

Film Studies for Free is worth having in your RSS reader just for the updates. 

Groen en Gouden: OA in the Netherlands

If the relevant parties do not do enough, or progress is unacceptably slow, the Minister and I will recommend making open access publication mandatory in 2016 under the Higher Education and Research Act (Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek, WHW). (http://www.government.nl/documents-and-publications/parliamentary-documents/2014/01/21/open-access-to-publications.html)

That’s a statement from Sander Dekker, the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, in January 2014.  Sounds pretty good, right?  OA ftw!  But consider the fact that it’s prefaced in the same document by this statement:

My preference is “golden” open access; in other words, publication in journals that make research articles available online free of charge. My aim is for the Netherlands to have switched entirely to the golden road to open access within ten years, in other words by 2024.

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Source: http://openscience.com/green-oa-vs-gold-oa-which-one-to-choose/

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