Books, like journals, can also be published on an open access basis.
Here are various models under which OA books operate:
Source: Ferwerda, E. (2014). Open access monograph business models. Insights, 27(S), 35-38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/2048-7754.46
To be eligible for HERDC books must be published by a commercial publisher or peer reviewed. A commercial publisher is one for which the core business is producing books and distributing them for sale.
Print-on-demand, vanity press and companies that specialise primarily in the publication of theses are not considered commercial publishers. These publishers:
See the Department of Education and Training HERDC website for further information.
Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) policies both require research outputs arising from ARC/NHMRC funded projects be made openly available within 12 months from the date of publication. The research outputs are required to be deposited into an open access institutional repository or in other acceptable locations (publisher's website, subject repositories etc). The policy also requires that publication metadata be deposited within an open access repository within 3 months from the date of publication. For more information, check out the tab to the left titled 'Comply with funders' mandates'.
This Policy compliance decision tree explains the steps that need to happen.
The espace team can further clarify or assist if you have any questions.
A list of OA directories and publishers: