January 22, 2022

Open Access Books: Google Scholar Now Indexing Titles Hosted by OAPEN

From KU:

The length of monographs and their level of treatment pose unique challenges in a search environment. Monographs generally describe mature work unlike journal articles, which usually describe early stage work. As a result, it can be hard to achieve a successful search experience for restricted access monographs, according to Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar.

After asking Acharya (co-founder of Google Scholar) why Google Scholar did not index monographs, Frances Pinter of Knowledge Unlatched (KU) says, “I realized that such challenges fall by the wayside with Open Access books.”
Pinter explained that the dataset of 28 books from the KU Pilot was likely to be too small for Google to try out on open books. “So I told Anurag Acharya about OAPEN’s platform and its nearly 2,500 Open Access books,” says Pinter.
OAPEN and Knowledge Unlatched are pleased to announce that Google Scholar is now able to index Open Access books hosted by OAPEN.

Note: We checked seven random titles from the OAPEN database in Google Scholar. Five of the seven books were listed (via Google Books) but did NOT provide access (at least at this time) to an open access version of the book.

1. The Third Way and beyond: Criticisms, futures and alternatives

2. Fabricating the absolute fake: America in contemporary pop culture

3. After the new social democracy: Social welfare for the 21st century

4. New perspectives on investment in infrastructures

5. Anatomy Live: Performance and the operating theatre

6. Australia: Identity, Fear and Governance in the 21st Century

7. Viet Nam-a transition tiger?

We will continue to monitor these are other titles for Google Scholar links to OAPEN titles.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.