March 7, 2021

Open Access Books: OAPEN Releases 2015 Annual Report, Nearly 40 Publishers Joined in 2015

From the OAPEN Annual Report:

2016-06-02_09-40-58The OAPEN Foundation is dedicated to open access publishing of academic books. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) was developed as a 30-month targeted project co-funded by the EU in its eContentplus-program. The goal of the project was to achieve a sustainable publication model for academic books in humanities and social sciences and to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research in Europe.

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In the first three years (1 April 2011 – 31 March 2014) OAPEN Foundation received funding from the Participants and from NWO. NWO provided a yearly subsidy to match the financial support from the Participants. The total funding from the Participants and NWO amounted to 240,000 euro yearly. Subsequently, the Participants and NWO provided an annual subsidy of in total 55,000 euro for two years. A growing part of OAPEN’s income comes from services and projects.

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We were pleased to welcome almost 40 new publishers in 2015. Many of these were included in the Library through our partners in the Deposit service. Noteworthy publishers joining OAPEN were new OA publishers such as UCL Press and Stockholm University Press, presses from new countries like Tampere (Finland), AOSIS (South Africa), and established presses starting to publish OA books like Pickering & Chatto Publishers and IWA publishing (both UK), Seismo Verlag (CH), transcript Verlag (DE) and the University of Ottawa Press (CA). In addition, Ubiquity Press became a member, both for their own books and for the publishers that use their platform, such as the Univeristy of California Press.

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In 2015, 330 titles were added to the Library. A large contribution to this amount comes from the partners in the Deposit service mentioned above: the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Wellcome Trust, and SNSF through the OAPEN-CH project. Furthermore, the publishers University of Ottawa Press, University of Adelaide Press and ANU Press made a large number of titles available.

The total number of titles by the end of 2015 was 2589.

It is interesting to see that in the first three months of 2016, 125 new books were added to the collection. More than fifty percent of this growth comes from five publishers: Leiden University Press, University of California Press, ANU Press, Nordic Council of Ministers and Language Science Press.

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In 2015, the OAPEN Library served 1,103,516 downloads.

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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.

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