Open access and scholarly monographs in Canada

Date created: 
2011-04-06
Identifier: 
etd6486
Keywords: 
Open access
Scholarly publishing
Monographs
Canadian university presses
Publishing business models
Athabasca University Press
Abstract: 

The unprecedented access to knowledge enabled by the internet is a critical development in the democratization of education. The Open Access (OA) movement argues that scholarly research is a common good that should be freely available. In theory, university presses concur, however, providing such access is largely unsupportable within current business model parameters. This study presents an overview of OA in North America and Europe, focusing on the Canadian context. Given their relatively small market and current funding models, Canadian scholarly presses differ somewhat from American and European publishers vis-à-vis OA. Drawing both on information from industry stakeholders and relevant research, this paper aims to clarify how Canadian university presses might proceed with respect to OA. While the study does not make specific recommendations, possible business models are presented that might help university presses offset the cost of offering OA to the important body of scholarship that they publish.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
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Senior supervisor: 
Rowly Lorimer
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project Report) M.Pub.
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