Effective peer review ensures the quality and integrity of your open textbook. The creation and seamless publication and distribution of open textbooks created by educators themselves, are designed to provide flexibility in the use of learning resources tailored to specific learning outcomes and support learner-centred approached to teaching and learning.
This flexible user-focused publishing model may not follow the commercial publishers traditional editorial and distribution processes. Some large-scale textbook projects may have an open review process e.g. eCampusOntario's Open Textbook Library .
If you do not have in house expertise for professional copyediting and layout of your publications, you can:
You can provide them with the following open textbook review criteria to help guide their feedback:
To make your book as accessible as possible, consider making your textbook available in multiple formats so students have the ability to choose the format that works for them. Remember to include editable files so that others can use your work to create their own adaptations. Pressbooks will allow you to export your book in a variety of files types, both editable (.xml, .odt, .html, .epub) and less editable (.pdf and .mobi) files.
Apply a Creative Commons license to re-distribute your OER. These copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way for you to give others permission to share and use your creative work— on conditions of your choice.
See: considerations for licensors and licensees.
New open textbooks created at Queen's should ideally should be released with a CC-BY 4.0 International license.
A page called “About the Book” should be added to the front matter including the following sentence about licensing:
This open textbooks has been published openly using a Creative Commons license, and is offered in various e-book formats free of charge, or as a printed book available at cost from a printing service like Queen's University Printing Services.
Information about licensing should also be added to the book information section of PressBooks. This information will then appear as the footer on each page of the online version.
You can distribute your adapted textbook by:
You can also consider sharing your work with the larger open community. One way to do this is by adding your adapted textbook to an established repository or open textbook collection. Some of these require undergoing a formal review before being accepted.
Let your students know there is the option to have a printed copy of their open textbook. They are free to download the PDF and take it to a copy shop such as Queen's University Printing Services. Inform the printer that the work is licensed under a Creative Commons licence, and can be freely copied in full for a non-commercial educational purpose.
If you prefer teaching from print copies of a textbook you can order copies for students to purchase through the Queen's Campus Bookstore. The cost of the textbook is determined by the length of the book and type of binding. You can request a quote before printing.