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Open access books in Spain

Monografies accés obert 2018

Abadal, Ernest; Ollé, Candela; Redondo, Sílvia (2018). “Publicación de monografías en acceso abierto por editoriales universitarias españolas”. El profesional de la información, v. 27, n. 2, pp. 300-311. https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2018.mar.08

The open access model for publishing monographs by the members of the Spanish Universities Publishers Association (UNE) is analyzed. The study focused on production data from 2015-2017, as well as the positioning and arguments of the editors in relation to the open access movement, publication, related policies, and financing modalities. Data was collected by a questionnaire (with a response rate of 58% of the publishers associated with UNE) and includes in-depth interviews with seven of them. The results show that 75% of UNE members publish titles in open access, most consider open access a good way to increase the dissemination of monographs, and that there are no differences in content quality with non-open access works. Publishers do not see that publishing in open access is compatible with the commercial exploitation of printed copies. Publishers consider the most effective financing channels to be institutional payment (i.e., the university), followed by publisher’s self-financing, and payment by the author.