Research England awards £2.2m to project to improve and increase open access publishing

« A new Research England funded project is set to help universities, researchers, libraries and publishers to make more, and better, use of open access book publishing. It will enable greater access to world-leading research and increase its impact.
Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) is a partnership led by Coventry University and also consisting of:

  • Birkbeck, University of London, Lancaster University and Trinity College, Cambridge
  • The ScholarLed consortium of established open access presses (Open Book Publishers, punctum books, Open Humanities Press, Mattering Press, and meson press)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library and Loughborough University Library
  • Infrastructure providers the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Jisc, and international membership organisation The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Research England has awarded £2.2 million to COPIM from the Research England Development (RED) Fund, which supports innovation in research and knowledge exchange in higher education that offers significant public benefits.
COPIM will transform open access book publishing by  moving away from a model of competing commercial operations to a more horizontal and cooperative, knowledge-sharing approach. (…) »