University of Helsinki’s publication service offers a fast and free of charge option to publish textbooks openly. Right now is a good time to think about the openness of the textbooks, as the new curriculum for 2023–2026 is being prepared.
This blog post lists all open textbooks published in Helda Open Books during 2019–2023. Among the faculties, the most active HOB publishers have been the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Educational Sciences. If you are considering the open access publishing of a textbook, read this blog post about HOB publishing. [This article was updated in March 13, 2023.]
The Think Open blog posts had two main themes in December 2021 and January 2022: (1) the articles looked at the key topics of open science in 2021, and (2) the articles highlighted a wide range of open access books published in the University of Helsinki’s Helda Open Books.
”The literary reviews are extensive and provide valuable up-to-date information on clinically relevant topics. It seemed frustrating to think that they would be left for internal use only in education. The Editori platform provided just the right environment for publishing articles, and this led to the creation of a new publication”, says Laura Hokkanen, editor-in-chief of Neuropsy Open journal. Neuropsy Open brings literature reviews written in special psychologist training to a wider readership.
”We run the journal on a small budget within our own working hours, and pretty much outside of working hours as well. The Editori offers us a little relief from the workload, for example by outsourcing maintenance”, says Johannes Pernaa, university lecture at the University of Helsinki. In this interview, Pernaa tells how LUMAT, one of the leading journal in its field, moved to the Editori publishing platform. He also talks about the daily life of running a scientific journal, from editorial work to marketing.
How are publications posted in institutional repository Helda disseminated around the world? This aspect has not been studied previously, so this blog article looks at this issue with the help of a small random sample. Based on a sample of twelve publications one can establish that publications from the repository are well disseminated into different net services, but there is a lot of variation in indexing related to publication types and service models.
”Bottom line is, the platform fills an important gap in the scientific publishing process: the need for academic-led journals,” says Plinio Casarotto, editor of the new Journal for Reproducibility in Neuroscience, peer-reviewed scientific journal published on the University of Helsinki’s Editori platform. Casarotto’s interview starts a new series of articles on the Think Open blog.
Viime vuonna lanseerattu Helsingin yliopiston avointen monografioiden palvelu, Helda Open Books, edistää tieteellisten julkaisujen saatavuutta ja näkyvyyttä. Erityisesti kurssikirjojen tilannetta pyritään parantamaan.
Helsinki University Library supports self-archiving and open access publishing with its services: information service, training sessions, reminders about self-archiving, TUHAT checking and self-archiving depositing service. This article presents self-archiving and the work and services of the library’s open access team. This is the fourth part of Think Open blog’s article series on self-archiving.