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Against book enclosures: moving towards more diverse, humane and accessible book publishing

Batterbury, Simon P.J., Pia, Andrea E. ORCID: 0000-0002-4061-7369, Wielander, Gerda and Loubere, Nicholas (2024) Against book enclosures: moving towards more diverse, humane and accessible book publishing. Area. ISSN 0004-0894

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Identification Number: 10.1111/area.12916

Abstract

Matthew Gandy's Commentary in Area (2023) criticised the decision of the national funder UKRI to mandate that all books resulting from the research that it funds must be published open access (OA) from 2024. This raises many issues of importance to geographers. We argue that scholars in the discipline need to fight for affordable and ethically produced OA books, not ‘legacy’ modes of publishing. In particular, books produced by scholar-led OA presses will not harm the reputation of departments or individual scholars, and they also have the potential to reduce significant financial barriers to accessing books across the globe. A more powerful critique must be to challenge the continued ‘enclosure’ of books, and the denial of OA by academic publishers and university presses.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14...
Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2024 00:17
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 01:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/122359

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