Event: Futuros a Libro Abierto: Trabajando juntos para construir infraestructuras de propiedad comunitaria para libros AA. 14 de julio, 2023 | SciELO 25 Años

Este seminario web presentará el trabajo del proyecto ‘Open Book Futures’ de COPIM, una colaboración internacional que construye diferentes tipos de infraestructura de propiedad comunitaria para desarrollar y fortalecer la publicación de libros de AA, y explorará cómo los miembros de la Red SciELO podrían participar y trabajar juntos con el equipo de COPIM para generar apoyo global para los libros de AA.

This webinar will introduce the work of COPIM’s ‘Open Book Futures’ project, an international collaboration building different types of community-owned infrastructure to develop and strengthen OA book publishing, and explore how members of the SciELO Network might engage and work together with the COPIM team to build global support for OA books.

SciELO webinar: Open Book Futures: Working together to Build Community-owned Infrastructures for OA books. July 14, 2023, 3.30pm (BST) | SciELO 25 Years

Over the last four years, the COPIM team have been developing open, community-governed infrastructure to support open access book publishing. This includes the Open Book Collective, which supports collective funding for OA books and infrastructures, and the Thoth metadata dissemination system, which enables publishers to easily create high-quality, open metadata to share their OA books as widely as possible. All of this infrastructure is community-owned and governed by its users. With £5.8 million from Arcadia and Research England to develop this infrastructure equitably as part of the ‘Open Book Futures’ project, the COPIM team want to find out how they can collaborate with, and learn from, the members of the SciELO network. How might what COPIM is building be useful to you? What are they currently missing? What are the possibilities for collaboration? Come along to this session, learn more about what COPIM is building, and share your perspective on how OA book publishing can best be nurtured and developed within SciELO and beyond.


SciELO Books 10 Years, March 31, 2022

With a notable contribution to the visibility of academic publishers and their catalogues, the SciELO Books collection celebrates 10 years of operation with the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and capabilities for publishing digital academic books.

Upon completing 10 years, the SciELO Books collection operates in network with 20 active publishers. The collection comprises around 1,600 books, of which 62% are open access. There are more than 13,000 chapters in open access. In the past ten years, open access books have served an annual average of more than 1 million downloads.

SciELO Books is an integral part of the SciELO Program led by FAPESP, with support from CAPES and CNPq and relies on the sponsorship of the Associação Brasileira de Editoras Universitárias (ABEU) and the Asociación de Editoriales Universitarias de América Latina y el Caribe (EULAC). It is also a member of the Directory of Open Access Books Trusted Platform.

The books from SciELO Books are available in the main commercial eBook stores like Amazon, Google, Kobo, and in search engines (Discovery Services) such as OCLC WorldCat, ExLibris, EBSCO, DOAB, OpenLibrary, and Internet Archive.

The event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SciELO Books is intended as a forum for the recognition of advances and challenges and, above all, for a debate on the future of the digital book in the light of open access and open science.


SciELO Books and open access in epidemic times: More important than ever | SciELO in Perspective

By Gilberto Hochman, Researcher at Fiocruz, Scientific Editor at Editora Fiocruz and Assistant Editor of Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, social midia is applauding the franchise of open access to books, book chapters, data and encyclopedias in all areas of knowledge by traditional foreign university publishers, bases such as JSTOR and Project Muse, and various publishers. The necessary policies of social isolation, and even quarantine, led to the closure of research institutions, universities, libraries and archives. And, with that, the drastic reduction of knowledge access channels, particularly in countries outside the 21st century central circuit of science. The offer is worthwhile and should be celebrated and enjoyed. However, this open access has an expiration date: the end of the pandemic.1 Regardless of its duration, after the international health emergency, access will again be paid for, either by individuals, educational and research institutions and by government agencies, with a huge burden for the countries of the Global South. Anyone who has tried and enjoyed, should pay to continue having access. Open access to scientific knowledge is not a routine or a commitment by publishers, but a business and an exception like during the pandemic. In that sense, SciELO Books is more important now than ever.