Open Access, Open Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review


  • Ruth Wells New Product Development Manager, CABI


Last year’s UKeiG professional development programme was a huge success attracting delegates from all sectors and disciplines of the library and information profession. UKeiG Chair David Ball’s workshop – “Open Access, Open Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review” – provided food for thought and a state-of-the-art overview of the complex issues around the open access, open science agenda. The preamble for the day stated: “The concept of Open Access to research outputs has been common currency for many years. The rapid growth of the Internet has made different publication models easily available. More recent thinking has expanded the concept of openness even further, to Open Science, which aims to transform science by making research more open, global, collaborative, creative and closer to society. This approach is being embraced by all academic disciplines. The shift is extremely important for the development and exploitation of research, and hence for the professionals who support it.” One of the delegates, Ruth Wells, New Product Development Manager for CABI, but then representing the academic journals and publishing service Veruscript, was inspired to blog about the day and we have included her observations in this issue.

Keywords: Open Access, Open Science, Open Data, Peer Review