Palgrave publishes Open Access monograph with Wellcome

Palgrave publishes Open Access monograph with Wellcome

Palgrave Macmillan has released its first open access monograph, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The title, Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000, by Dr Aya Homei and Professor Michael Worboys, is available as a free e-book to download from Palgrave Connect and from retailers such as Amazon. A print copy will be available on demand.

It is published through a CC BY license, the most permissive open access license available, meaning that readers can alter, transfer or build upon the article and distribute it, as long as the original is correctly cited.

Sam Burridge, m.d. of Palgrave Macmillan, said: "The humanities and social sciences do not always have access to funding which enables academics to publish via open access models, but we’re proud that we have been able to publish this book open access with the help of the Wellcome Trust... we hope it will be the first of many open access monographs.”

Simon Chaplin, head of the Wellcome Library, said the book being free would mean it would reach the widest audience possible. He said: "The Wellcome Trust is committed to promoting research in the history of medicine and medical humanities, and working with authors and publishers to make this research accessible. The release of Aya Homei’s and Professor Worboys’s book demonstrates how well this can work, and others will follow their lead."

The book is an overview of the development of fungal infections. Worboys, director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester said: "We hope that through making our book open access, and available for free to a wider audience, we will bring attention to this class of infectious diseases."