Open-Access Movement Makes Inroads Beyond Science

Open-Access Movement Makes Inroads Beyond Science 1

Courtesy Eelco Ferwerda

Eelco Ferwerda, director of the Oapen Foundation (Oapen stands for Open Access Publishing in European Networks): "Among the humanities there is a sense that this is a step we must take in order to keep on publishing books but also to make it possible to start innovating."

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Courtesy Eelco Ferwerda

Eelco Ferwerda, director of the Oapen Foundation (Oapen stands for Open Access Publishing in European Networks): "Among the humanities there is a sense that this is a step we must take in order to keep on publishing books but also to make it possible to start innovating."

Open access has gotten its biggest boost from scientific researchers who want to share their work widely via journal articles. It's taken longer to work its way into the humanities and social sciences. But there's growing interest in how open access might work for monographs in those disciplines.

Not very long ago, "you couldn't say there was much awareness about open-access publishing" outside the sciences, said Eelco Ferwerda, director of the Oapen Foundation. (Oapen stands for Open