Publication & Open Access

The Royal Historical Society is actively engaged in ongoing debates about the future of arts and humanities publishing. We have launched our new Open-Access book series, New Historical Perspectives, aimed at early career historians (with no publication fees for authors).

The Society has submitted (February 2019) a response to the consultation on the ‘Plan S’ open-access initiative, which is available here. This response built on briefing paper, call for evidence and interim report issued in January 2019, which is available¬†here.

We have recently released a discussion briefing on the possible implications of publishing access requirements in future REF exercises, and a briefing on the proposed UK Scholarly Communications Licence. We have also recently surveyed the Book Processing Charges (BPCs) charged by publishers to UK-based historians and their institutions for Open Access publication.

The British Academy has called for a constructive dialogue over Open Access book publication, issuing a new position paper ‘Open Access and Monographs: Where are We Now”, which is available here.