May 18, 2022

Creation of the DOAB Foundation (Directory of Open Access Books) Announced


OAPEN Foundation (Netherlands) and OpenEdition (France) are pleased to announce the creation of DOAB Foundation as a joint venture between the two partners. The mission of the new foundation is to provide an independent and trustworthy Directory of Open Access Books to the academic community and the general public.

  • DOAB was developed in 2012 by OAPEN as a dedicated discovery service for Open Access books, next to the existing OAPEN Library. Since then, the directory became one of the fastest growing Open Access resources, and now indexes more than 16,500 Open Access books from 315 publishers worldwide.
  • In 2012, OAPEN and OpenEdition partnered in DILOH. This is a project funded by the French government under the “investissement d’avenir” label to enable the French academic production in the social sciences and humanities reach an international audience and support the development of DOAB.
  • In 2017 OAPEN and OpenEdition partnered with 8 other parties in HIRMEOS, a project funded by the European Commission under the framework “Horizon 2020” to develop innovative services for Open Access books. In HIRMEOS, OAPEN and OpenEdition worked together to add a Certification Service on peer review to DOAB.
  • In 2018, the French Minister of Research Frédérique Vidal adopted a National Plan for Open Science and included in the Plan’s action points, the creation of the Franco-Dutch foundation.
  • On the 5th of March 2019, DOAB was established as a foundation under Dutch law, in co-ownership between OAPEN Foundation and OpenEdition, legally represented by CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, its governing institutions.

The creation of DOAB as an independent, non-profit legal entity is a milestone in the history of the directory and of the longstanding partnership between OAPEN and OpenEdition. It will ensure DOAB’s sustainability and continued ability to serve the needs of the academic community, including funders, libraries, publishers, researchers and the general public.


In the coming months, OAPEN and OpenEdition will work together with other OPERAS partners to upgrade the DOAB platform and integrate it in its institutional context: DOAB will eventually become one of the core services of OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.