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Open Access Monographs : Benefits of OA

An introduction to open access monographs aimed at our researchers at Goldsmiths, the guide provides an overview of funder requirements and the open access options available to Goldsmiths authors

Benefits of open access monographs

Making monographs, edited collections and book chapters open access can have many benefits:

  • It can increase the readership and reach of a work, potentially leading to greater research impact. Recent research from the University of Michigan Press and Springer Nature has found that open access books were accessed more than non-open access books.
  • The findings of the two studies also found that readership for open access books is more international and is not limited to researchers with a university affiliation (for example, researchers working for charities, government, arts organisations, museums and cultural heritage institutions, and independent researchers can access the text).
  • Authors who publish their monograph open access retain the copyright, rather than the publisher - giving authors more control over how their book is used by others.
  • It is common for academic monographs to have short print runs so providing an open access edition will allow researchers to access the work long after the print run has passed.
  • It is increasingly difficult for libraries to purchase and make available every monograph relevant to their students and researchers. Therefore, with print-only monograph publishing, it is difficult to reach a wide audience quickly, with the result that citations are delayed by several years. Making monograph open access has the potential to increase citations and to do this more quickly.
  • Although there were initial concerns that making a monograph open access would reduce print sales, some publishers have confirmed that publishing titles open access has not decreased the number of print sales. A recent study by Amsterdam University Press found that the impact of publishing a monograph open access had a negligible impact on print sales. 


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