14 June 2019
Research England has awarded £2.2 million to COPIM from the Research England Development (RED) Fund, which supports innovation in research and knowledge exchange in higher education. COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) is an international partnership led by Coventry University. It also inviolves Birkbeck, University of London, Lancaster University and Trinity College, Cambridge, the ScholarLed consortium, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library and Loughborough University Library, the international membership organisation The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), and infrastructure providers Jisc and DOAB.
The project aims to support and sustain a diversity of publishing initiatives and models, particularly within the humanities and social sciences. It will offer universities and researchers sustainable publishing models they control, increased publishing options, and cost reductions. COPIM will transform OA book publishing by moving away from a model of competing commercial operations to a more horizontal and cooperative, knowledge-sharing approach.
DOAB is specifically engaged in a work package to build an Open Dissemination System. The aim is to develop methods and systems to better integrate the catalogues of OA publishers into curated research records, distribution- and discovery channels. Doing so will increase discovery and awareness of OA content and better integrate OA books into institutional library-, digital learning- and repository systems while ensuring the system can not be operated for the benefit of a single entity (either commercial or non-commercial). In consequence it will provide an important and open foundation for creating and sustaining new business models for OA book publishing from across the spectrum of existing and emerging academic publishing initiatives.
Eelco Ferwerda, member of the Executive Board of DOAB Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project, which promises to be a huge step in the transition to OA monograph publishing.”
For more information: https://re.ukri.org/news-events-publications/news/re-awards-2-2m-to-project-to-improve-open-access-publishing/