Knowledge unlatched : encouraging innovation in academic publishing through collective action and Open Access licensing

Montgomery, Lucy (2013) Knowledge unlatched : encouraging innovation in academic publishing through collective action and Open Access licensing. In Triple Helix International Conference 2013, 8-10 July 2013, University of London, London. (Unpublished)

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This case study examines the way in which Knowledge Unlatched is combining collective action and open access licenses to encourage innovation in markets for specialist academic books. Knowledge Unlatched is a not for profit organisation that has been established to help a global community of libraries coordinate their book purchasing activities more effectively and, in so doing, to ensure that books librarians select for their own collections become available for free for anyone in the world to read.

The Knowledge Unlatched model is an attempt to re-coordinate a market in order to facilitate a transition to digitally appropriate publishing models that include open access. It offers librarians an opportunity to facilitate the open access publication of books that their own readers would value access to. It provides publishers with a stable income stream on titles selected by libraries, as well as an ability to continue selling books to a wider market on their own terms.

Knowledge Unlatched provides a rich case study for researchers and practitioners interested in understanding how innovations in procurement practices can be used to stimulate more effective, equitable markets for socially valuable products.

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ID Code: 68055
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Collective Action, Open Access, Academic Publishing, Business Models
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2014 00:55
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 00:55

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