Edinburgh Diamond, a service provided by Edinburgh University Library, uses Open Monograph Press (OMP) to support the publication of academic and student-led Open Access books. Find out more about what we offer, our policies and the key benefits of using our OMP platform and service.
What We Offer
The Library helps academics and students publish their own online monographs, textbooks and edited collections, or migrate existing titles, and provides a hosting platform, training and ongoing advice, guidance and technical support. Some key benefits of our service are listed below.
Members of the University of Edinburgh can host their books with the Library free of charge. We will cover the costs for online hosting and backup, technical updates, and registering DOIs.
The service only supports Diamond Open Access books, i.e. books that provide permanent free online access to their content and which do not have Book Processing Charges (BPCs). Following an Open Access model means that books can be read by anyone, without price barriers. It also helps foster collaboration within the research community, and allows books to reach the widest possible audience and increase their visibility, usage and impact.
The Library uses the latest version of Open Monograph Press (OMP), a web-based book management and publishing platform. The Library will upload your book contents onto the platform.
The Library will manage plugins and upgrades for the book site.
The Library has an agreement with LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) and back up content daily, to ensure your book content will be preserved and archived properly.
If your book doesn't have an ISBN, the Library will allocate one and send the metadata to Nielsens. The Library will also allocate DOIs to the book and each chapter and send the metadata to Crossref.
The Library will produce policies and provide best-practice advice on academic publishing issues, including copyright, permissions, promotion and discoverability.
The Library will source and submit the book to various abstracting and indexing databases for you.
The Library will provide you with an annual report for your book, detailing chapter downloads, website traffic, metrics, citations and other information. We will help you track the books performance and help you gain an understanding of various metrics.
Roles and Responsibilities
More details on what you can expect from the Library's service can be found on the following page:
There is a Service Board comprising Library staff, editorial representatives from both academic and student-led journals, a representative from Edinburgh University Press and representatives from our external partners. The Board meets twice a year and ensures the service develops in line with the University's strategic objectives and customer requirements. The Service Board reports to the University's Library Committee.
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