Stone, Graham (2012) Huddersfield Open Access Publishing (HOAP) Project. In: LIBER 41st Annual Conference, 27 June - 30 June 2012, University of Tartu, Estonia. (Unpublished)

The JISC funded Huddersfield Open Access Publishing (HOAP) Project aimed to develop a low cost sustainable Open Access (OA) journal publishing platform using EPrints Institutional Repository software. This poster will report on the development of the HOAP platform and discuss the outcomes of the project.

The platform was developed to convert the peer reviewed, Teaching in Lifelong Learning journal, from its existing print subscription model to an OA e-journal. A specific front end was created for the journal, with content being archived in the University Repository. As part of this work, there has been a re-write of the notes for contributors section and a move from copyright transfer to a licence to publish model. HOAP is now a member of CrossRef and the Committee on Publishing Ethics, the journal has also been submitted to the Directory of Open Access Journals.

The platform will also be used to launch a new title, Huddersfield Research Review during 2012. This title will showcase the most significant research at the University of Huddersfield by including interviews with the authors of the most cited and/or downloaded articles in the Repository together with an editorial overview by a senior researcher who will locate Huddersfield research within the broader national and international literature in the relevant fields and disciplines.

An audit of the University’s journals resulted in the addition of another title during the project and also the potential for five others to be hosted, including two new peer-reviewed OA titles in 2012.

In order to disseminate its output, the project developed a toolkit for other institutions, including new workflows, a licence to publish template and guidelines for new title proposals. The project hopes the toolkit will inspire other institutions to investigate OA journal publishing.

A major output of HOAP for Huddersfield has been a fundamental change in the understanding of the utility of Institutional Repositories in which ‘innovation’ and ‘impact’ displace ‘management’ and ‘preservation” as the primary functions. The HOAP platform provides not only an interface through which both original and archived peer-reviewed content can be delivered in a sustainable OA format but also a means of delivering specialist content to specific academic audiences through a traditional journal front-end.

The poster will share the recommendations for further developments at Huddersfield and implications for the wider community.


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