Academic publisher Oxford University Press has extended its collaboration with Cambridge University Press (CUP) to publish the new report Researcher’s perspectives on the purpose and value of the monograph: Using and engaging with monographs in a digital environment.
Following the report OUP and CUP jointly undertook last year, this new report uses the original survey results to better understand what readers and researchers need from digital monographs in light of the immediate shift to remote learning and research driven by the global coronavirus pandemic. In the original survey, 5,000 scholars of all ages, nationalities, and career levels in the Humanities and Social Sciences offered their thoughts about reading, writing, and publishing monographs, including what they would change if they could improve one aspect?
Three distinct themes emerged which this supplementary report probes in more detail. Readers want to see digital options with stellar content; enhanced usability; and a fully functional format. Respondents expressed their commitment to the monograph but equally, their desire for the format of digital and ebook editions to be improved and better adapted.
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