'The benefits of open access books are clear but challenges around funding remain'

30 May, 2018

Intro below. Full text here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/05/02/the-benefits-of...

'As part of Academic Book Week 2018, last week Springer Nature hosted an event exploring open access books featuring representatives from the researcher, funder, and publisher communities. Mithu Lucraft reports on the presentations and panel discussions which revealed that the benefits of publishing open access books are clear, with more downloads, citations, and online mentions, in addition to an extended international reach and improved prospects of research use and reuse. However, the obvious challenge to publishing open access books is funding, and so it is vital for publishers, funders and institutions to work together as a community to share costs and reduce them for researchers...'


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Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research


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