January 20, 2022

Open Access Books: Fifteen Scholarly Publishing Vendors Launch Anti-Double Dipping Alliance

From Knowledge Unlatched:

2018-05-07_13-13-49Fifteen vendors and platform providers in the scholarly publishing market have formed an Anti-Double Dipping Alliance. The group initiated by Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for sustainable Open Access (OA) funding models, aims at avoiding unwanted acquisition of book titles through different systems.


“The rise of Open Access as a new business model for books poses new challenges to libraries, publishers, and vendors alike, and it can cause intransparency leading to unwanted duplication of acquisitions”, explains Tom Mosterd, Manager Content Discovery at KU. “Together with our vendors, we can now guarantee that all books that are part of Knowledge Unlatched are clearly flagged in a variety of systems.” The information in approval plans and other acquisition systems will allow librarians to avoid purchases of the same title in more than one business model”.

The following KU partners participate in the Anti Double Dipping Alliance: Delbanco, Dietmar Dreier, JSTOR, Knowledge Unlatched, LM Information Delivery, LYRASIS, Missing Link, OAPEN, Project MUSE.

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