Opening the Future is a collaboration between Liverpool University Press and COPIM, with support from LYRASIS and Jisc, and was launched in 2021 to harness the power of collective library funding to support the open access publication of monographs.
The first two books that will be published from the initiative are Empire Found: Racial Identities and Coloniality in Twenty-First Century Portuguese Popular Cultures by Daniel F. Silva, Associate Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies and Director of Black Studies at Middlebury College, and Football and Nation Building in Columbia by Peter J. Watson, an early career Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. Further titles will be announced soon and advance notice will be given for each title when the subscription threshold is reached.
“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….”
“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. …”