Happy Open Access Week!

This week CardiffUP is celebrating all things Open Access.  International Open Access Week is an annual event, bringing together organisations and individuals from over 100 countries.  The 2020 event started on Monday 19th October and will continue until Sunday 25th October.

We celebrated last year’s event with the launch of our Monograph Publishing Programme.  The first two Open Access monographs to be published as part of the programme were prominently featured on the day – exactly one year ago this Friday, 23rd October.  So it seems timely for us to provide an update of what’s been happening with the programme since then. 

The first two monographs were Deconstructing Martial Arts by Paul Bowman and Like Any Other Woman: the Lived Experience of Gynaecological Cancer by Jac Saorsa with Rebecca Phillips. They’ve been downloaded from our website more than 1,880 times altogether.  Like all Open Access publications, they’re freely available online to read and download – just follow the links.

In May 2020, we published our first volume of conference proceedings, Human Computer Interaction and Emerging Technologies: Adjunct Proceedings from the INTERACT 2019 Workshops.  This is an output of the 17th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, organised by the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Human-Computer Interaction (IFIP TC13).  It contains nearly 50 papers by authors from all over the world, and has been compiled by an international team of co-editors.  This geographical diversity is a characteristic of the INTERACT conferences as a whole: in the words of the co-editors, “With an emphasis on inclusiveness, these conferences work to lower the barriers that prevent people in developing countries from participating in conferences. As a multidisciplinary field, HCI requires interaction and discussion among diverse people with different interests and backgrounds.” In less than six months, the complete volume has been downloaded over 800 times from our website, and single papers have been downloaded almost 750 times in total.

The next CardiffUP monograph is due to be published at the end of November 2020. Reporting on Poverty: News Media Narratives and Third Sector Communications in Wales and Adrodd ar Dlodi: Naratif y Cyfryngau Newyddion a Chyfathrebiadau’r Trydydd Sector yng Nghymru will be simultaneously published as English and Welsh language editions of the same text. Our first monograph for 2021 is Educators of Healthcare Professionals: Agreeing a Shared Purpose, which has been written by a team of Cardiff University and external authors.  We’re expecting several new monograph submissions during the next few months, so we anticipate that 2021 will be a busy year for our Monograph Publishing Programme.

(Cross-posted on our sister blog, Cardiff Open Access)

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