Category Archives: open access

Copyright in publishing: author rights and licences, and the use of third-party material

This blog post was written by Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press. With contributions from Chris Holland, Copyright Support Officer, UCL, and Alison Welsby, Editorial Director, Liverpool University Press Introduction Copyright is an area that many seem to find daunting, but although it is undoubtedly complex it’s not that difficult to grasp the basics of … Read more

The eTIPS Project Evaluation: Understanding Competitor Analysis – Price and Ranking

This blog post was written by Laurence Patterson, Edinburgh Napier University. Our eTextbooks are published to the Amazon Kindle store. Despite any degree of moral opposition, this wasn’t a difficult decision to make. After all, Kindle offers a massive amount of international distribution, within three hours of a touch of a button, as well as … Read more

Survey questions to assess value of e-textbooks produced in-house

Please note that the surveys presented in this blog post were created by the University of Liverpool, the University of Nottingham, the University of Highlands and Islands with Edinburgh Napier University, and University College London. One of the core objectives of the Institution as e-textbook publisher project is to evaluate the value of the e-textbooks produced … Read more

Exploring the University as an e-Textbook Provider of Scholarly Work

The article ‘Exploring the University as an e-Textbook Provider of Scholarly Work’ written by Frank Rennie, Keith Smyth, Gareth Davies, Scott Connor, Laurence Patterson has recently been published in the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. Abstract Despite the growth in the popularity of e-textbooks, there has yet to be adopted an effective model … Read more

The University of Nottingham’s 6C model of Open Educational Resource Publication (OER)

This blog post was written by Steve Stapleton, Associate Director – Learning Technology, University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham’s 6C model of Open Educational Resource Publication (OER). The 6C model (Figure 1) was first used at Nottingham in 2009 as part of the Jisc funded BERLiN project. The project manager for that project was … Read more

An Introduction to the ROMe Project

This blog post was written by Steve Stapleton, Associate Director – Learning Technology, University of Nottingham. As part of the Jisc Collections funded e-textbook project the University of Nottingham has created and self-published two e-textbooks in two different subject areas. This will hopefully help address the question of whether institutional publication models can help provide … Read more

Institution as e-textbook publisher project workshop group sessions

This blog post was written by Graham Stone, Senior Research Manager, Jisc. As part of our Institution as e-textbook publisher project workshop in Birmingham on 16 June 2017, we asked our projects to cover the following broad themes in their presentations: • Costs: how long did the books take to write, what were the hidden costs? • Benchmarking: cost … Read more

The Rise of New University Presses and Academic-Led Presses in the UK

This blog post was written by Janneke Adema (University of Coventry), Graham Stone (Jisc) and Chris Keene (Jisc) and was first released in the Library & Scholarly Futures blog. Our new report: Changing publishing ecologies: A landscape study of new university presses and academic-led publishing maps the rise of new university presses and academic-led presses … Read more

eTIPS Use Case Blogpost

This blog post was written by Jacky MacMillan, Head of the University of the Highlands and Islands Educational Development Unit* As the eTIPS project has progressed, at an institutional level there has been a significant interest in ways in which the outputs of the project could be embedded to maximise the impact of the eTIPS team’s … Read more