WP Key Participants: Eileen Joy (punctum books) and Joe Deville (Lancaster University)
WP2 will develop and launch a modular, scalable revenue generation and management platform for OA books, to be made available to publishers and libraries. It will be scoped and built by a team of publishers, knowledge managers, and librarians working in partnership to develop new funding channels for OA books. The platform will emphasise open source, community-owned and led OA, and will enable a broad range of economic supports for a variety of OA book outputs. WP2 will create the technical infrastructures, organisational processes (together with WP4), financial management procedures, and legal standards to enable these new funding channels to be sustainable long term. The platform will be tested via a specific pilot case centring upon ScholarLed, which looks at how revenue can be generated and managed for this select group of presses to model a community-owned OA that is economically sustainable, allows for diverse business models, and aligns with the values of both HSS and HEIs. The revenue platform will be designed with flexible modularity, portability, and customisability as its chief features, ensuring that both emerging, smaller-scale and established, larger-scale publishers seeking to transition to OA (a pilot to be tested in WP3) and in need of durable, flexible business models for doing so, can benefit from it.
Key deliverables and impacts
A fully functional consortial library funding platform
In this model, groups of libraries and/or other members contribute to fund the publication of OA books. The cost to each member of a book depends on the size of the consortium.
The ScholarLed pilot
An outreach program to the international library community
A model for a community-owned OA revenue programme for books
A consortium of librarians and publishers that can serve as a model for collaboration around OA monographs