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Open Access Monograph Competition

01 Nov 2022

Authors can enter if they will soon be publishing a monograph, or if they published one on or after 1 October 2021.

About the competition 

Unfunded monograph authors from any University faculty can enter the Library’s Open Access (OA) monograph competition, as long as they will soon be publishing a monograph or published one on or after 1 October 2021 – this includes eligible entries from last year’s competition. 

Winners will receive funding from the Library to make their monographs OA. The Library will arrange this directly with the winners’ publishers. 

How to enter 

To enter, authors should submit a paragraph of no more than 300 words explaining why their research will benefit from OA publication to by 24 February 2023. Authors should include details of their publisher and their proposed or actual date of publication. 

We would particularly welcome entries from authors publishing with fully open access book publishers. 

After the closing date, entries will be judged by a representative panel led by Neil Humphrey, Associate Dean for Research in Humanities. Whilst the overall number of winning entries is subject to publisher pricing, at least one entry will be chosen from each School. Go to Library Open Access monograph competition: winning entries for details of the winners from last year’s competition.  

The Library’s Research Services team will contact successful applicants in early April 2023. Winners’ publishers will need to submit their OA fee invoice to the Library on or before 29 July 2023. The Research Services team will then arrange OA with the winners’ publishers directly.  

Anyone with questions about the competition should email