A position paper by the British Academy, May 2018
Open Access and Book Chapters
This report explores the opportunities and challenges of widening open access for book chapters.
Open Access and Book Chapters was commissioned by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to inform future open access policy and to underpin the decisions that UK higher education funding bodies will need to take for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) after REF 2021.
The report defines what is meant by ‘book chapter’, examines the book chapter’s role within the research and publication profiles of different academic disciplines, and includes a quantitative analysis drawing on data about projects funded by UKRI Research Councils and on returns to REF 2014. The report finds that open access in respect of book chapters is much less developed than it is in respect of journal articles.
The British Academy’s policy and research work is dedicated to applying that insight to policy issues for public benefit and societal wellbeing.