Author: Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra

6 innovations from the humanities that make Open Access publishing a reality to everyone

One of the common beliefs that often comes up when discussing research dissemination strategies is that Open Access publishing equals high publishing costs. Shifting the burden of payment from readers to authors (or their funders or institutions) indeed creates a new set of inequalities in open scholarly communication as article or book processing charges (APCs or BPCs) are not affordable for many scholarly communities. This recognition gave rise to more equitable forms of Open Access publishing. These models rely on library consortial funding mechanisms, crowdfunding, freemium services, institutional grants or funders’ collective investments into shared infrastructures and therefore create and maintain publication forums that are openly and freely available both for authors and readers. Some of the most successful free-to-publish Open Access endeavors have been emerging from arts and humanities in response to the particular needs of the humanities scholars concerning publishing formats, academic evaluation, and funding availability. In the...

Open Access in the humanities made concrete: highlights from the ‘How to make the most of your publications in the humanities?’ workshop

With all things changing for the open in both research policies and practices, there is a growing demand for support enabling humanities scholars to get open innovation rooted in our everyday research practices. To this end, DARIAH and FOSTER Plus brought together humanities researchers from different fields and at different career stages and Open Science experts with domain-specific knowledge to spend a foggy winter day in Berlin and engage in dialogues about trends, innovations, and present-day challenges in opening up scholarly communication in the humanities. The idea and our main aim were to connect and foster a community based around shared needs and values, good tools, role models and, of course, joint critical thinking about the current options of research dissemination and harmonise them with disciplinary traditions. The morning session gave us a snapshot of the changing landscape of scholarly communication in the humanities including open peer review, the life...

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