A milestone for open access – the Directory of Open Access Books now includes over 50,000 open access books published in 90 languages by 560 academic book publishers. The directory, representing scholarship from authors and publishers around the globe, is openly available to the scholarly community and the general public at large.
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) – an initiative launched in 2012 inspired by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – indexes peer-reviewed open access books and provides information about its publishers. Today we celebrate a milestone for the open access community as we surpass the threshold of 50,000 open access books, while looking ahead at how we may, collectively, continue our efforts enabling open access books to thrive.
Although we have seen encouraging growth of DOAB – now marked with this milestone of 50,000 open access books – as well as new models and experimentation with open access books, the road ahead for us all is still long as most academic books are still published with closed access. Further efforts such as the Open Book Collective and coordinated investment to enhance the transition to open access books is much needed.
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