An excellent initiative:
Cambridge University Press are launching a new Open Access Monograph Publishing Service offering authors a way to publish their books via open access in a fairly priced way.
This new service gives authors the option of publishing their work under the Gold Open Access model, supporting the Press’s mission to disseminate knowledge at the highest international levels of excellence.
The standard charge for publication of books under the Gold Open Access model at the Press is £6,500 ($10,000/€9,000) for titles of up to 120,000 words. The charge has been set at this level in recognition of ongoing print sales, but as these diminish the business models and pricing levels may change.
The Press also supports Green Open Access Archiving across books and journals. This new policy allows authors of monographs and certain other books to post portions of their work on personal websites and repositories without compromising any aspect of the publishing process.
Matthew Day, the Press’s new Head of Open Access and Data Publishing, said; ‘We are excited to launch our new Open Access policies at the London Book Fair. We want to continue to engage in the Open Access debate within the industry and our aim is to be the most transparent publisher of re-usable and reproducible research.’
Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic, said; ‘Open Access is incredibly important to the Press and we recognise its importance to researchers across the globe. This new service supports our mission to disseminate knowledge and research of the highest academic rigour globally and meet the ever changing publishing needs of academic communities.’
Last year, the Press published The History Manifesto by David Armitage and Jo Guldi and Martin Eve’s Open Access and the Humanities as well as three titles through Knowledge Unlatched as Open Access books.
More information about the Press’s new Open Access policies can be found on www.cambridge.org/openaccess