In this blog, we pass on useful tips from some of our published open access book authors about different ways to find open access book funding.
Written by Christina Emery, Marketing Manager, Outreach and Open Research
We know that the majority of book authors want to publish their work open access (see The Future of Open Access Books survey results) but we also know that there are different challenges in being able to do so, such as a lack of open access (OA) funding.
Why did they choose open access if it is difficult to find funding?
One recurring theme of the day kept underlining the important opportunity which OA provides when it comes to informing others outside their immediate academic realm, such as policy makers, practitioners, agencies and consultants, for real-world impact.
In addition, for Daniel Hess, Professor and Chair at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo, a strong motivator for him choosing open access was so that people in his research network could read his work as he wanted to achieve a “bigger impact”.
“My work is about access […] to opportunities,” explained Sophie Mitra, Professor in the Department of Economics at Fordham University. Conceptually and practically, open access fits her objective. “Open access brings down barriers,” she further expanded, as her content is relevant to a range of disciplines such as economists and epidemiologists as well as to researchers specialising in disability studies.
In addition to the obvious benefits of choosing open access, both Dr. Juha Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, and Prof. Hess commented that their funders actually either mandated or requested that their books be published open access.
How did they find open access book funding?
The main takeaway around how to find funding to cover the BPC was to be creative when thinking about potential funding sources.
If you would like, or need to, publish your book open access, talk to your institution and co-authors as together, you may be able to find a solution. Don’t forget to ask your research funder upfront about the possibility.
Springer Nature also provides a free open access support service to make it easier for our authors to discover and apply for funding to cover BPCs. Further information on this service including an A-Z index of available funding can be found on the funding support service website.
Thank you to our open access book authors who took part in the event and shared their experiences with us. If you are interested in learning more about publishing an open access book, please take a look at our open access books hub.