Open Access Scholarship
New Publishing Models
There are now many options available to researchers to disseminate their findings. These include 'traditional' subscription-based journals, books, and conference proceedings, as well as newer online models of dissemination. Journal publications have been at the forefront of online publication, some dating back to the early days of the internet. Book publishers are now using online platforms too, with new business models to support publication costs. And conference proceedings are formalising their online offerings to ensure longevity and discoverability. The models are defined by colour: platinum (sometimes also known as diamond), gold, and green open access.
Book publishers have also responded to online opportunities. Alternative models for monograph publication have arisen more recently, and so are not as mature as journal publication offerings. These include University open access epresses, many offered as platinum models, commercial open access monographs using gold open access models, and innovations such as library-supported models.
The Australian Open Access Strategy Group describes monograph developments more fully.
Knowledge Unlatched is a new business model for publishing books. Flinders University Libary is a supporter member (2016 and 2017) of this initiative.
While conferences were early to have an online presence, many used them mainly for promotion and registration not necessarily dissemination and preservation of the proceedings. However this is changing, and there are now options for open conferences too, covering the spectrum of platinum, gold and green.
Individual conference papers may be able to be uploaded to the Flinders Academic Commons under green open access conditions.
The Public Knowledge Project has created Open Conference Systems (OCS), a free web publishing tool that can do everything from creating a conference website to accepting paper submissions and registrations and storing conference proceedings in a searchable format.
CERN maintain a list of where to publish open access conference proceedings, many of which are gold open access [Note: relevant to physics and related sciences].