Diamond Open Access Publishing in the Library - Rebecca Wojturska
From Kerry Miller
Library publishing is a growing area, with more and more institutions now seeking ways to disrupt traditional publishing and support their staff and students through the power of Open Access. Edinburgh University Library has offered a Diamond Open Access journal hosting service for ten years, and recently launched a complimentary book hosting platform, bringing both services under the rebranded name of Edinburgh Diamond. Edinburgh Diamond is free of charge to Edinburgh staff and students, and enables them to publish journals, textbooks, monographs and edited collections with full library support in the areas of hosting (via open source software OJS & OMP), technical support, indexing, policy development, best-practice guidance, reporting and workflow training. Our service has grown and strengthened during the pandemic, with even more researchers looking online while physical libraries were closed. This growth hasn’t slowed now spaces are opening up again, and we are now actively growing our output. The rebranded service launched in October 2021 and we are keen to document and share our journey with the library community throughout the world.
During the presentation I will reflect on the timeline, successes and learning points of launching the book hosting service and of the rebrand, and provide recommendations and conclusions to attendees. I will also discuss how to sustainably grow a hosting service and share information about our plans to use the service to support teaching and learning throughout the University. Finally, I will consider the technical requirements of the project, and gather anecdotal evidence from academic and student users to document the successes and required developments of the service.