By Karen Diepeveen
The last few years have seen a lot of buzz around Open Access: its benefits, challenges, opportunities and obstacles. The granting councils have begun exploring Open Access for journals. For the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, one of the biggest questions has emerged around Open Access and monographs.
The Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program has existed for many years. As the Open Access discussion has progressed, the ASPP has been linked to more and more questions about what – if any – Open Access policy should exist.
And so, in October 2013, the Federation embarked on a multi-year project to develop an Open Access policy for the ASPP. The initial...