JSTOR, one of the most popular databases for scholarly articles, books, and primary sources, has recently announced that it is releasing an initial set of 63 book titles in it's new Open Access monographs program.
What is Open Access?
Open Access is a huge trend in scholarly publishing right now. As you may know, the bulk of scholarly publishing is subscription-only. Institutions, such as libraries, pay a fee for their communities to be able to access high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly information.
Many people are beginning to push back against the high prices of scholarly information. These people are urging scholars to publish their work in Open Access formats so that anyone can access them without paying a fee. They are also pushing publishers to allow for more Open Access options.
SPARC defines Open Access as "the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives" (2016).
In an article on Open Access publishing trends, Poltronieri et al argue that "Over the last decade, the open access option for strengthening the spread of scholarly literature is becoming progressively attractive for both publishers and authors in almost every field of science" (2016). Organizations like JSTOR are therefore becoming interested in making at least some of their information Open Access.
What books are they releasing?
Some great titles from highly influential publishers, including Cornell University Press, University of Michigan Press, and University of California Press.
Here are just a few:
Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas by Chris Benner and Manual Pastor.
Christianity, Islam, and Orisa-Religion: Three Traditions in Comparison and Interaction by J.D.Y. Peel
Discrimination at Work: Comparing European, French, and American Law by Marie Mercat-Bruns
Find more information and a press release here on the JSTOR website.
References & Further Reading:
Bonn, Maria. "Maximizing the benefits of open access: Strategies for enhancing the discovery of open access content." College & Research Libraries News 76.9 (2015): 491-494. LINK.
Nature. "Open Access at NatureResearch." Retrieved November 11, 2016 from http://www.nature.com/openresearch/about-open-access/benefits-for-authors/
Poltronieri, Elisabetta, et al. "Open access publishing trend analysis: statistics beyond the perception." Information research 21.2 (2016). LINK.
Right to Research Coalition. "Why Open Access?" Retrieved November 11, 2016 from http://www.righttoresearch.org/learn/whyoa/index.shtml
SPARC. "Open Access." Retrieved November 11, 2016 from http://sparcopen.org/open-access/