Call for Chapters: The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship (ALA Editions)
Working Title: The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship
Editors: Darren Chase & Dana Haugh
Publisher: ALA Editions


This peer-reviewed collection will bring together a dynamic set of librarians, scholars, practitioners, policy makers and thinkers in order to take measure of the open access movement. Critical essays, research, case studies and other pieces will create a substantial, far-reaching text. This collection will be critical and practical, and provide practical examples and theory in understanding the open access movement, open data, open educational resources, open knowledge, and the opportunity for an open and transformed world.

More and more universities--often spearheaded by university libraries--are adopting open access policies as a practical way to promote open access and further the research enterprise, while countering the often closed, restrictive and costly scholarly journals and databases. This book will provide a substantial and practical overview of the open access movement, along with critical essays and consideration of the meaning of open access and its potential to leverage existing technology to transform how we support, share and access research.

We are looking for case studies, research, and critical essays on various aspects of open access scholarship, including:

- Library Open Access Initiatives (implementations, challenges, processes, training, promotion/outreach, etc.)
Open Access Publishers & Journals (reception, evaluation measures, predatory publishers)
Repositories (green open access, university-specific, network of open repositories, discipline-specific platforms)
Open Educational Resources (current landscape, value/usage, challenges)
Open Data (data repositories, linked data, metadata, research data management)
Publishing Models (gold open access, new models, university presses, peer-review etc)
Research consortia, governmental & NGO initiatives
Public access to publically-funded research
University policies on open access (issues of mandatory vs. voluntary, on-boarding faculty/staff, creating buy-in, etc.)
Future of open access
Other areas of open scholarship

Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance/rejection: January 15, 2017

Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and how your chapter relates to open scholarship. Multiple submissions are welcome. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Material cannot be previously published.

Final chapters will be in the 3,000-5,000 word range (some exceptions will be made for longer chapters). Chapters will be peer-reviewed.

Please direct any questions to Darren Chase ( or Dana Haugh (

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