Arning et al. (2022) Open Access Transformation for Books: The Role of Institutional Presses and Publishing Services | Zenodo

Arning, Ursula, Bargheer, Margo, Meinecke, Isabella, Schobert, Dagmar, & Tobias, Regine. (2022). Open Access Transformation for Books: The Role of Institutional Presses and Publishing Services. Zenodo.

This position paper highlights important aspects for the Open Access transformation of books. The five authors are all experts in the field of institutional publication infrastructures. They show current fields of action and scope for research institutions in the field of non-commercial infrastructures for OA books.


Direct to Open Post-Launch: Refreshers, Partnerships, and Catching Up – Choice 360

“In March 2021, MIT Press launched the library collective action model Direct to Open (D2O). By granting participating institutions access to backlist titles, D2O encourages libraries to aid in the notoriously difficult practice of opening up monographs. Since last year’s launch, over 150 institutions have signed on; due to this support, MIT Press will publish its entire spring 2022 catalogue of monographs and edited collections open access.

This month, MIT Press returns to The Authority File a year post-launch to discuss the milestones and future of D2O. Emily Farrell, Library Partnerships and Sales Lead at MIT Press, offers an inside look at library feedback and market forces. Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian at Iowa State University, shares his perspective on the value of open models and the continuing confluence of scholarly communication and collection development in the higher education ecosystem.

In this first episode of the four-part series, Emily discusses the lessons learned through D2O’s partnerships with institutions. She also highlights the initial insights gleaned from the past year, summarized in the press’s recent white paper. In addition, Curtis expands on his role in MIT Press’s advisory board, and why the model proved an exciting and bold move in the current publishing landscape….”

BostInno – MIT Press director talks innovation in academic publishing

“Since joining the Press, Brand has led a series of changes that set the nonprofit apart. She launched a new open-access business model for scholarly books, guided the nonprofit to publishing more books by diverse authors and launched a collaboration with a children’s publisher….”


Library perspective: balancing investments and sustainability in Open Access

“The team at COPIM recently shared your CommonPlace blog post “Balancing Investments in Open Access: Sustainability and Innovation”. We found it really interesting to see evidence of libraries grappling with how to evaluate the proliferation of new OA models. What has the response been to your article?

One response was that Sharla Lair and Curtis Brundy edited a series of articles in CommonPlace, called “The Global Transition to Open.” It was gratifying to see that other libraries are also struggling with some of the issues I mentioned in my piece–how to keep up with all of the new open publishing models, and how to choose which initiatives to support. One potential way to combat this, as Marco Tullney and others noted, is to develop established workflows and evaluation criteria. I thought Alexia Hudson-Ward made a particularly compelling case that DEIA should be a core component of any such criteria. 

I’m also intrigued by the fact that some libraries seem to have dedicated, separate budget lines for supporting open scholarly initiatives. At the same time, I’m not convinced that having a dedicated budget line would really make the decision making process and administrative issues easier for us at Temple, as Demmy Verkebe says it does at KU Leuven. And honestly, I worry that separating open from the rest of collections might prevent us from seeing the big picture around how exactly this transition should happen. …”

Affordable Learning with Fund to Mission, University of Michigan Presss Open Access Monograph Model

“Launched in 2021, Fund to Mission–the University of Michigan Press’s open access monograph model–aims to support teaching and learning. Join us next Thursday, April 14th, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET to learn more about how open access U-M Press content–made possible by Fund to Mission–is aiding in libraries’ efforts to expand affordable learning initiatives. Attendees will hear from a UMP author and staff on how they are using both OA content and the Fulcrum platform in their classrooms. Folks will also learn more about the model and progress, as well investment options.


Fund to Mission is an inclusive, values-based model that seeks to encourage and enable participation for all institutions regardless of their size. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to be a part of building an open future.”

Opening the Future: A New Model for Funding Open Access Monographs: The Serials Librarian: Vol 0, No 0

Abstract:  We outline the work of two university presses, with assistance from the Community-led Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) Project, in creating an innovative revenue model to fund Open Access (OA) monographs at a traditional publisher. Building on library journal subscription models and on Knowledge Unlatched’s approach to monograph funding, this OA publishing model (called “Opening the Future”) gives members special access to a backlist, with the revenue then used to make the frontlist openly accessible. We also examine the general landscape of OA and funding models and discuss some of the challenges and benefits.


Job: Publicity Associate | University of Minnesota Press

The University of Minnesota Press is seeking an organized, enthusiastic, and creative person to join our marketing and sales team. The ideal candidate will have an interest in publishing books and contributing to culture and scholarly communications, as well as a demonstrated track record of handling multiple projects simultaneously and providing excellent follow-through. This position will work well independently while also actively contributing to a team’s success through excellent communication and collaboration, reporting to the Assistant Director/Marketing Director, and with direction from the Publicist.

Job: Journal Editor | University of Minnesota Press

The University of Minnesota Press seeks a Journals Manager to join its high-performing team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is motivated to take charge of a small program and develop new opportunities to expand the business. The successful candidate will be a proactive and adaptable team player and will be an excellent communicator. The Journals Manager will split their time between managerial/administrative and EDP work. They will manage the relationships with journal editorial groups, including those owned by scholarly associations and those edited by a collective of scholars; will launch new journals as they are acquired; will be responsible for the Editorial, Design, and Production processes; and will manage the relationships with our print and online subscription services providers. The Journals Manager reports to the Production and Design Manager, and will work closely with the Editorial Director and Associate Director on strategic business decisions.

The [Opening the Future] model in summary

“Opening the Future is a collective subscription model that, through its membership scheme, makes library funds go further: achieving the dual objectives of increasing collections and supporting Open Access. Members pay a small annual fee to get unlimited multi-user access to two series of the well-regarded Liverpool University Press backlist; the membership revenue is used to produce new OA monographs….”

Scottish Universities Open Access Press | Research and Resources @ University of Dundee

Dominique Walker, the Publishing Officer for the Scottish Universities Open Access Press (SUOAP), introduces the work undertaken to establish and sustain an open access publishing platform that is owned and managed by the 18 participating HEIs. The Scottish Universities Open Access Press (SUOAP) aims to provide a clear and cost-effective route for researchers to make their work freely available to a global audience, meeting the requirements of funders and realising the ambition to extend the impact of research across society.

Open Access Publishing and the Future of Native and Indigenous Studies

“The University Press of Kansas (UPK) will host a free, virtual discussion on Kansas and Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) featuring Indigenous scholars Sarah Deer, Kiara Vigil, and Farina King, and moderated by Tai Edwards on March 29 at 7:00 pm CST. The event celebrates the completion of Kansas Open Books (KOB), an initiative to digitize out-of-print UPK books and make them freely available online.:

Emory Libraries announce open access publishing agreement with Cambridge University Press

“Emory University researchers can publish their work “open access” in all Cambridge University Press journals without paying a publishing cost, thanks to an agreement between Emory Libraries and Cambridge University Press.

Open-access journals don’t charge libraries or readers to access their articles. Instead, they pass along the cost to authors through an article-publishing fee that can range from $500 to more than $10,000. The agreement with Cambridge University Press exempts Emory researchers from paying that fee….”

Direct to Open | The MIT Press

“Direct to Open (D2O) harnesses collective action to support open access to excellent scholarship. Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, in close collaboration with the library community, the model will:

Open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections from 2022 via recurring participation fees.
Provide participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,300 titles), which will otherwise remain gated. Participating libraries will receive access even if the model is not successful.
Cover partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase….”

University of Nottingham joins Opening the Future at Liverpool University Press

“We are pleased to announce that the library at the University of Nottingham has joined the Liverpool University Press Opening the Future initiative. 

With history stretching back to 1881, the University of Nottingham has attracted high profile visiting lecturers including Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and H G Wells. It now boasts 250,000 alumni from 195 different countries.

With this new Opening the Future membership, staff and students will now gain access to titles from two series of LUP’s books:  ‘Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures’ and ‘Liverpool Latin American Studies’. In total they’ll be able to read 36 multi-user eBooks on contemporary Hispanic culture, including books on languages, politics, popular culture, and business. After three years of membership, the University will retain perpetual access to the same books.

In turn, Liverpool University Press uses all membership fees from this programme to fund the production of new open access books which will be free, and available to all, globally. The Press is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899, including the work of Nobel prize winners. They have been publishing OA books for more than a decade and continue to explore OA opportunities and engage in discussions about OA with research funders, universities, academics and other publishers. …”

Kentucky Virtual Library Joins University Press of Kentucky Open Access Initiative Consortial Partner Program | UKNow

The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is the newest partner in the University Press of Kentucky’s Open Access Initiative (UPK OAI), an initiative to make resources freely available to citizens of the Commonwealth.

As a result of this partnership, students and patrons of Kentucky Virtual Library participating institutions will now have free and unlimited access to more than 1,300 books published by UPK. KYVL is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education and serves more than 350 libraries including K-12, college and university, state government and public libraries.