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Open Access Monographs and Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched is a collaborative initiative between the global library community and publishers to develop a sustainable route to open access for books.

26 October 2016



The post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) raises the expectation that peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings, published under an ISSN, must be open access. Queen Mary Research Online and the Repository and Research Information team are here to help with that process.

At the moment, monographs or books are not yet included in the open access expectations of the upcoming REF. Among funders included in the RCUK and Charities Open Access Fund, it is only the Wellcome Trust that specifies that anyone receiving their funding will have to publish any resulting books or monographs as open access. Wellcome offers funding to pay for making monographs open access.

Another way for researchers in the humanities and social sciences to publish open access monographs is through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative. Knowledge Unlatched is a collaborative initiative between the global library community and publishers to develop a sustainable route to open access for books. Libraries contribute a fixed, yearly sum and this is then used to help pay the open access costs for works that may otherwise find funding unavailable.

There are hundreds of participating universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, Yale and our own Queen Mary University of London.

There are 106 titles in both the first and second wave of pilot titles. These cover areas such as literature, history, media studies and politics. Both lists can be viewed here.

If you want to know more about Wellcome open access monograph funding or Knowledge Unlatched, please contact us at scholarlycommunications@qmul.ac.uk.

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