[Oa-italia] Rilasciato oggi il software Open Monograph Press

Pierfranco Minsenti pierfranco.minsenti a gmail.com
Ven 21 Set 2012 15:29:27 CEST

La Open Knowledge Foundation oggi ha rilasciato il software Open Monograph
Press che si unisce quindi all'Open Journal Systems.

Qui sotto il comunicato originale.

Pierfranco Minsenti

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From: Open Knowledge Foundation Blog <admin a okfn.org>
Date: 2012/9/21
Subject: New open source “publishing-house-in-a-box” makes it easier for
scholars to publish open access monographs - Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
To: pierfranco.minsenti a gmail.com

   New open source “publishing-house-in-a-box” makes it easier for scholars
to publish open access monographs - Open Knowledge Foundation
Link to Open Knowledge Foundation Blog] <http://blog.okfn.org>

New open source “publishing-house-in-a-box” makes it easier for scholars to
publish open access

Posted: 20 Sep 2012 12:37 PM PDT

Today the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) <http://pkp.sfu.ca/> released a
new piece of software called the Open Monograph Press<http://pkp.sfu.ca/omp>.
As it says in their press release:

OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow
required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through
internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and
publication. OMP will operate, as well, as a press website with catalog,
distribution, and sales capacities.

Why does this matter? Several years ago the PKP launched a project called Open
Journal Systems <http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=ojs> which helps users with the the
management, editorial and publication of journals.

The project was founded in response to the rising costs associated with
running and managing journals – which ranged from tens of thousands to
millions of dollars, *excluding peer review*. Substantial amounts of these
costs were administrative in nature – including software and system costs.
One study suggested that the average cost of publishing an article
“excluding noncash peer review costs”, was around $3,800 (for more details
see this paper <http://pkp.sfu.ca/files/OJS%20Journal%20Survey.pdf>).

Now the open source Open Journal Systems software helps thousands of
scholars around the world (over 11,500 as of December 2011) to edit and
publish journals themselves – dramatically reducing the cost of starting
and maintaining a scholarly journal.

The UK government’s recently announced plans to open up publicly funded
had a luke
warm response from some
partly as millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money that would otherwise be
spent on research has been earmarked to pay major publishers £2,000
processing fees per article.

Open Journal Systems enables scholars to start and run academic journals by
themselves – doing peer review, editorial, and publication as part of their
academic roles and cutting administrative costs. This means that more
research can be made freely available on the web, and potentially frees up
cash that might otherwise have been spent on article publication fees to
subsidise more research, or more academic jobs.

Hopefully the newly launched Open Monograph Press will have a similar
impact in cutting costs associated with publishing scholarly monographs,
and will encourage the publication of more open access monographs on the

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