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International Open Access Week 2019: An interview with Dr Rose Harris-Birtill

As part of International Open Access Week 2019, we are delighted to present an interview with Dr Rose Harris-Birtill from the School of English, University of St Andrews. Rose shares her experience of publishing her own research Open Access, and on her new role as Editorial Officer at the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an academic-led gold Open Access publisher based at Birkbeck, University of London.


What does publishing Open Access mean to you as a researcher in the humanities? Do you think this view has changed over time?
In a space of ever tighter funding for academic research in the humanities, publishing Open Access – where anyone can read the published research without having to pay – is incredibly valuable. Free-to-publish, free-to-read Open Access models like the Open Library of Humanities also mean that this can now be offered without the author having to pay to publish their work, so that the research is freely accessible worldwide. Whilst this is financially sensib…
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Open Access Week 2019: Equity in Open Knowledge

We are delighted to be celebrating international Open Access Week 2019 from 21-27 October, by embracing the theme of Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge

We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners “open for whom?” will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central in this period of transition.
With this theme in mind we have invited one of our researchers to tell us what open research means from an academic perspective. Martin Dominik is a Reader in Physics & Astronomy at the University of St Andrews and is a strong advocate of communication being an essential part of science, and science being an in…

OA books workshop - invitation to researchers

The organisers of a workshop on Open Access books are looking for researchers in any discipline who have published an OA book or are considering this.

Three workshops are being run by OAPEN, in partnership with Springer Nature, with the aim to create a toolkit for researchers to better understand OA books and increase uptake. Topics to be covered include awareness and attitudes to OA books across different disciplines, different approaches for supporting OA publishing, and key areas to be addressed.

One of the events will be held in Glasgow on 26th November (1-5pm). Places are limited to 25, with priority given to existing authors of OA books.

To register your interest go to

St Andrews book series now on Open Book Publishers

The St Andrews Studies in French History is a book series published by The St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture. 

Since 2010 the Centre has published 9 monographs in the series. Currently these are distributed via a collection in the St Andrews Research Repository, where the PDF can be freely downloaded, and in later volumes under a CC BY-NC-ND Creative Commons licence too. All volumes are also listed on the publications page of the Centre's website. The books are all between 25-50,000 words long, a format known as a midigraph, and are all rigorously peer-reviewed. To date the volumes have attracted over 10,000 downloads from the St Andrews Research Repository

Now the Centre has partnered with Open Book Publishers who have agreed to publish the series. As the name suggests OBP is a scholarly publisher specialising in open access books. What sets them apart from other publishers however is the flexible and transparent approach to book funding:

"Authors are encourag…

We now have over 17,000 items in the repository!

The St Andrews Research Repository has now passed 17,000 items! Of this number there are over 5200 theses, and almost 10,000 journal articles.

The Repository contains research publications by St Andrews researchers, as well as material and publications affiliated to the University and arising from specific projects. Content includes electronic theses, journal articles, conference proceedings, working papers, books, and more.

The 17,000th item was 'Impacts of ocean acidification on intertidal benthic foraminiferal growth and calcification', authored by researchers in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development.

The article was published in a fully open access journal, so it can be accessed on the Repository, and via the publisher's site.

New Divinity journal launched

This week we launched a new journal on our Journal Hosting Service - Bible and the Contemporary World.

The new journal has been developed by Daniel Rentfro Jr., honorary research assistant at St Mary's college. Daniel is Managing Editor with Eric Stoddart (lecturer in the School of Divinity) taking the role of Editor-in-Chief.  Daniel's initial idea for the journal was to create a venue for publishing articles based on the high quality dissertations from the Masters course of the same name, and has since developed a wider scope, to incorporate review essays, book reviews, and other content as well. Daniel had this to say of his experience starting a new journal on our journal hosting platform:

The MLitt graduates put literally hundreds of hours of work into their dissertations. With the help of Kyle, Jackie Proven, and their colleagues in the Open Access Team, the graduates can now move that work product off of their bookshelves collecting dust and share it with the world. As …

Open Book Publishers 150 list - Annunciations

Last week we blogged Open Book Publishers 150th title.

Also included in the list of 150 is George Corbett's recently published edited volume Annunciations: sacred music for the twenty-first century[1].

Dedicated To the Cathedral Choir of St Albans Abbey, the project draws together contributions from theologians and musicians to show how music and belief can combine to enhance the practice and experience of both music and the divine. It was supported by the noted Scottish classical composer and conductor James MacMillan and the University Organist, Tom Wilkinson.

George said "We were delighted to publish our research open access with Open Book Publishers. In this volume, you can read about innovative collaborations between theologians and composers, as well as read the musical scores and listen to the new music at the click of a button. There are also reflections by leading composers, choir directors, and scholars on the future of sacred music in the twenty-first century.&quo…