Scottish Universities Press

SCURL member libraries are collaborating in an exciting new venture to establish a fully open access and not-for-profit publishing press that is owned and managed by the participating HEIs.

The press aims to provide a clear and cost-effective route for researchers to make their work freely available to a global audience, with the ambition to extend the impact of research across the whole of society.

We plan to open for proposals later in 2022. Please subscribe to our newsletter or check back soon.

 

Edinburgh Diamond | The University of Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh Diamond, a service provided by Edinburgh University Library that supports the publication of academic and student-led Open Access books and journals.

Edinburgh Diamond is provided free of charge to University of Edinburgh staff and students. We also provide a paid-for shared service for SCURL and external partners.

See our below pages to find our more about our book hosting service and our journal hosting service, including what we offer and how to submit your book/journal proposal.

 

LSHTM Press launches with a mission of equity in publishing in global health | LSHTM

“A new publishing platform for open access biomedical research has launched. LSHTM Press will provide an open access platform to publish peer-reviewed research and high-quality educational resources, in accordance with the LSHTM mission to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide.

The Press is a new initiative, developed in response to the increasing costs of publishing open access, and the many mandates and policies from funders and governments around the world. It will facilitate innovative and experimental publishing methods while striving towards equity in academic publishing in global health.

It launches with and will continue to develop a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and is in alignment with central LSHTM vision and values. Two dedicated EDI leads sit on the LSHTM Press Steering Committee, and the whole team is committed to promoting inclusivity and reducing barriers….”

COPIM’s toolkit for running an Opening the Future programme at an academic press · Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

“In spring 2020, COPIM Work Package 3 started work on devising a new revenue model for university presses and open access books. Through a series of fact-finding meetings, workshops and reports the team gathered lots of information on the business models of scholarly presses with the aim of creating a sustainable revenue stream that would allow presses to publish their books openly, without using unaffordable book processing charges.

That research led to us devising and launching an innovative revenue model called Opening the Future in October 2020 with our first partner publisher Central European University (CEU) Press. In essence, it is a library subscription membership programme whereby the press provides term access to portions of their (closed) backlist books at a special price, and then uses the revenue from members’ subscriptions to allow the frontlist to be OA from the date of publication. This model presents a potential route for the mass and sustainable transition to OA of many small-to-mid sized university presses. Liverpool University Press (LUP), joined as our second project partner with their own Opening the Future initiative in June 2021. The programme is proving to be a success and, to date, the two presses have together accrued enough library funding to produce 10+ new OA monographs. Opening the Future continues to grow with both publishers. …”

University of Michigan Press Hits 2022 Open Access Books Target; Ready to Expand Open Access in 2023

“The 2023 Michigan Ebook Collection marks the third year of University of Michigan of Press’s renewed commitment to open access through its Fund to Mission program. This OA monograph model has allowed UMP to better align with our mission of sustainably distributing scholarship to the broadest possible audience, reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. 

Fund to Mission has received resounding support from over 100 libraries, many individual funders, and our provost. With their help, we plan to make at least 75% of our frontlist monographs open access in the 2023 Michigan Ebook Collection. This builds on our success in 2022 where we made 50% of our monographs open access….”

Guest Post – The Monograph and the Mission: University of Michigan Pledges $1.2 Million to Fund Open Access Book Publishing – The Scholarly Kitchen

“This week the University of Michigan Press announced through our partner LYRASIS that we have reached our target of converting 50% of our 2022 monograph program to open access, without ever requiring any author to pay to publish. We will increase this percentage to 75% in 2023 and anticipate being able to sustain a majority open access monograph program that produces at least 60 new books a year. These open-access titles are now available on our open-source publishing platform, Fulcrum, and through multiple other distribution channels.

To sustain our output, we have developed a financial model, Fund to Mission, that matches investments in our ebook collection from over 100 libraries with subventions for individual titles, and support from our parent institution. In July, the Press was honored to receive a multiyear, $1.2 million investment from the University of Michigan Provost’s Office and an invitation to apply for continuing funding within the next three years. 

While we acknowledge the privilege of being at a leading and well-resourced US public university, we hope that the commitment Michigan’s academic leadership is making to open access for humanities books will be duplicated by Provosts at other North American institutions. As the name of our initiative suggests, such support allows university presses to pursue their core mission; to maximize global access to humanistic knowledge at a time when the need for rigorously vetted, boldly-expressed, high-quality information has never been greater. We also hope that even more libraries will be attracted to partner in achieving our shared mission….”

Revisiting: Humanities Research Infrastructure is Great ROI – The Scholarly Kitchen

“My contributions have focused on the ways that humanistic inquiry doesn’t fit many of the guiding assumptions about infrastructure, and the tools that are being built to match them. Retrofitting tools designed for high volume scientific research and publication so that humanists can use them, for example, is inefficient at best, but it also undermines the potential to fully appreciate the diversity of research practices and – even more importantly — the variety of critical contributions from diverse research pursuits. Likewise insisting on scalability as a key value for infrastructure by its nature flattens out the very diversity that drives innovative scholarship.

Humanities research infrastructure does not look like STEM infrastructure either in kind or scale, even allowing that generalizing for the humanities can be as misleading as generalizing for STEM. But in the humanities, we still don’t regularly think of having a research infrastructure. Even with the advent of digital resources, the individual author, relatively low cost, relatively low tech nature of research and the practices of refining and disseminating research can make our infrastructure all but invisible — even to ourselves. The still-siloed nature of critical and expert professional positions and practices within that infrastructure, including researchers, archivists and librarians, and editors and publishers, exacerbate crises of support for that near-invisible yet critical infrastructure.

So what does humanities research infrastructure look like? If we step back from the idea of a unitary research infrastructure largely driven by the particular needs and interests of high volume (and high dollar) STEM fields, and looked at the needs and priorities of different research ecosystems, what would we find? Perhaps humanities infrastructure looks more appropriately like a series of streams in a watershed rather than, a priori, a digital superhighway?  Since we often refer to the “ecosystem” of scholarly communications I can’t resist observing that a watershed is a more sustainable and healthy ecosystem than a super highway….

What’s largely missing, and what’s front and center in STEM-focused discussions of research infrastructure, is publishing. My colleagues in the sessions I referenced have emphasized how important it is to create persistent and cross-referenced content. So, for example, when Alice asked in our SSP webinar if we could have “one wish for how to change our research infrastructure” Gabriela Mejas championed PIDs for organizations, grants, projects, conferences, instruments, and cultural artefacts. Interoperability and connection is the key.  For humanists, this might look somewhat different, though I appreciated Gabi’s inclusion of cultural materials and conference participation, both key to humanities research….”

University of Texas at Austin becomes new Opening the Future subscriber member with CEU Press

“Central European University (CEU) Press are pleased to announce that the library at the University of Texas at Austin is a new subscribing member of their Opening the Future collective OA funding programme. 

The University Library has chosen to sign up to the Library Selection Package containing 50 books selected by an independent panel of librarians. This selection is a cross-section of the other three backlist packages and represents those titles that might be of interest to researchers across a number of disciplines. CEU Press is a leading publisher in the history of communism and transitions to democracy; it is widely recognised as the foremost English-language university press dedicated to research on Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries….”

University of Texas at Austin becomes new Opening the Future subscriber member with CEU Press

“Central European University (CEU) Press are pleased to announce that the library at the University of Texas at Austin is a new subscribing member of their Opening the Future collective OA funding programme. 

The University Library has chosen to sign up to the Library Selection Package containing 50 books selected by an independent panel of librarians. This selection is a cross-section of the other three backlist packages and represents those titles that might be of interest to researchers across a number of disciplines. CEU Press is a leading publisher in the history of communism and transitions to democracy; it is widely recognised as the foremost English-language university press dedicated to research on Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries….”

Thank You! Over 100 Libraries Now Support Open Access with Michigan Fund to Mission

“In spring 2021, University of Michigan of Press began to adjust our publishing program to better align with our mission of sustainably distributing scholarship to the broadest possible audience, reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This project resulted in the development of the open access monograph model that we call Fund to Mission.

 
Over the past year and a half, Fund to Mission has received resounding support from the library community, individual funders, and our provost. Through them, we have been able to make over 50% of our frontlist monographs open access for 2022 and are well on our way to making at least 75% of our frontlist monographs open access by the end of 2023 without any author ever having to pay.

Our success has been a community effort with over 100 libraries signing on to Fund to Mission. This engagement highlights how much scholars and libraries value open access, and as a result, our Provost has renewed their commitment to provide another three years of financial support for the Fund to Mission program….”

Oxford University Press unlocks significant next step in digital-first publisher journey – FE News

“University Press (OUP) has today announced the migration of its books content to Oxford Academic—the online platform for its academic research.

The expansion of the platform to include books, as well as journals, will further the reach of academic resources from OUP and society partners. As it stands, more than 42,000 books and over 500,000 chapters have so far been uploaded to Oxford Academic, joining the 500 journals and approximately 3 million journal articles already hosted on the platform.

By collating core research books and journals onto one online platform, OUP is better enabling its users to rapidly share and seamlessly connect ideas that advance research. This will continue a cycle of scholarship that furthers the Press’s mission to create world-class academic and educational resources and make them available as widely as possible. The platform will be further expanded and updated over time to provide the most effective and accessible service for users and customers….”

Thank You! Over 100 Libraries Now Support Open Access with Michigan Fund to Mission

“In spring 2021, University of Michigan of Press began to adjust our publishing program to better align with our mission of sustainably distributing scholarship to the broadest possible audience, reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This project resulted in the development of the open access monograph model that we call Fund to Mission.

 
Over the past year and a half, Fund to Mission has received resounding support from the library community, individual funders, and our provost. Through them, we have been able to make over 50% of our frontlist monographs open access for 2022 and are well on our way to making at least 75% of our frontlist monographs open access by the end of 2023 without any author ever having to pay.

Our success has been a community effort with over 100 libraries signing on to Fund to Mission. This engagement highlights how much scholars and libraries value open access, and as a result, our Provost has renewed their commitment to provide another three years of financial support for the Fund to Mission program….”

University of Salford joins Opening the Future at Liverpool University Press

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

With this membership, staff and students at the University 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 37 multi-user eBooks on contemporary Hispanic culture, including titles on languages, politics, popular culture, and business. After three years of membership, the University will retain perpetual access to them all.

As with all Opening the Future members, this means that Salford have increased their online book collection with titles relevant to the University’s research and teaching needs – and at the same time they are helping to fund new frontlist titles in OA format. Liverpool University Press uses all membership fees from this programme to produce new open access monographs which will be free, and available to all, globally. LUP has already been able to earmark funding for two titles, with another five to be announced soon. You can read about the forthcoming OA books on our progress page: lup.openingthefuture.net/forthcoming. …”

Berlin Universities Publishing: Startseite

From Google’s English:  “Berlin Universities Publishing is an Open Access publisher with a non-commercial, scientific infrastructure and with general, publisher-independent publication advice.

BerlinUP is funded by the Berlin University Alliance and supported jointly by the libraries of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin….”