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The Transcript OPEN Library Political Science Model: A Sustainable Way into Open Access for E-Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Bielefeld University Library, National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE, Universitätsstr. 25, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
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Publications 2019, 7(3), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7030055
Received: 29 April 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 16 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Frontiers for Openness in Scholarly Publishing)
The strategic goal of the project “National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE” is to create the conditions for a large-scale open-access transformation in accordance with the Alliance of German Science Organizations. In close collaboration with the publisher transcript, we developed a business model that strengthens the transformation process for e-books in the humanities and social sciences. It largely addresses the drawbacks of existing models. Moreover, it is manageable, sustainable, transparent, and scalable for both publishers and libraries. This case report describes the setup of the model, its successful implementation for the branch “political science” of transcript in 2019, and provides a Strengths–Weaknesses–Opportunities–Threats (SWOT) analysis. We believe that it has the potential to become one of the major open-access business models for research monographs and anthologies in the humanities and social sciences, especially for non-English e-books. View Full-Text
Keywords: open access; business models; scientific publishing; humanities and social sciences; e-books open access; business models; scientific publishing; humanities and social sciences; e-books
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Jobmann, A.; Schönfelder, N. The Transcript OPEN Library Political Science Model: A Sustainable Way into Open Access for E-Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Publications 2019, 7, 55.

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