OA requirement for monographs will ‘benefit society’, says Hill

OA requirement for monographs will ‘benefit society’, says Hill

In a controversial presentation at last month’s University Press Redux Conference, Steven Hill, head of policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, confirmed that all long-form narrative work, including monographs, must be published Open Access in order to qualify for the 2027 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Hill said that new business models would be needed "to allow funding to channel into OA long-form publishing", including institution-funded OA presses, freemium models, aggregator or distributor models such as Knowledge Unlatched, and the "author pays" model. He al...

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