Research England funds project to transform OA book publishing

Research England-funded project wants to help universities, researchers, libraries and publishers make better use of open access book publishing.

Research England has awarded £2.2 million to Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM).

COPIM partners include:

  • Birkbeck, University of London, Lancaster University, Trinity College, Cambridge
  • The ScholarLed consortium of established open access presses (Open Book Publishers, punctum books, Open Humanities Press, Mattering Press, and meson press) 
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library and Loughborough University Library 
  • Infrastructure providers the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Jisc, and international membership organisation The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

The partnership is led by Coventry University.

COPIM aims to transform OA book publishing by:

  • Improving and innovating the infrastructures (business models, preservation structures, and governance procedures) being used by OA book publishers
  • Enabling more productive collaborations between librarians, publishers, researchers and others involved in the open access landscape
  • Creating open source toolkits to develop the skills necessary to run open access publishing operations.

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