Yale University Press makes online resources available to students for free | YaleNews

“As college students nationwide transition to online classes, Yale University Press (YUP) is providing them free access to its ebooks, including digital textbooks, through the end of the semester.

YUP has arranged with digital content providers EBSCO, ProQuest, UPSO (Oxford), and De Gruyter to make a wide selection of ebooks — typically available for purchase — accessible to students at no cost through their institutions’ libraries. It also has agreements with popular online textbook rental stores VitalSource and Chegg to provide students electronic versions of textbooks that they had purchased but cannot access due to the unfolding pandemic….”

Free access to the Loeb Classical Library

“Access to the digital Loeb Classical Library will be free to schools and universities impacted by COVID-19 until June 30th.

Librarians: email loebclassics_sales@harvard.edu for access…”

[We don’t normally tag tweets for OATP, but this announcement has apparently not yet been posted to the HUP or Loeb web sites.]

Articles for Understanding Pandemics and Epidemiology | The MIT Press

“At the MIT Press, our thoughts are with those whose lives have been profoundly affected by COVID-19. We have gone through our archives to select relevant articles from our collection that speak to issues related to pandemics, epidemiology, and other relevant topics. We are thankful to our publishing partners in helping us make this vital information available and are hopeful that they contribute to a greater understanding of our current situation.

The following articles are freely available through April 30, 2020: …”

Duke University Press – Response to COVID-19

“We are extending grace access for content hosted on both of our platforms (read.dukeupress.edu and projecteuclid.org) through the end of May for our existing customers.

As courses transition to online, we can provide 90 days of complimentary electronic access to course materials. Contact orders@dukeupress.edu. 

We are partnering with EBSCO and ProQuest to allow multi-user access through mid-June to all e-books purchased on their platforms. Read ProQuest’s statement.

We would like to share our reading lists, which offer free content (included is Navigating the Threat of Pandemic).

We provide remote access options on both of our content platforms. If you would like to set this up, please contact our Customer Relations team at orders@dukeupress.edu. …”

University of Michigan Press COVID 19 Response: Free Access to Scholarly Ebooks – University of Michigan Press Blog

“In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities,” University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term….”

COVID-19 resources and information | Cambridge University Press

“Please find below all of the resources and information on the Academic division’s initiatives to respond to COVID-19. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Get the latest on initiatives taken across the Press here.

Free access to Academic textbooks on Cambridge Core…

Free access to book chapters and journal articles…

Free access to key reference works on request….”

Transforming an academic publisher | Research Information

“The conversation in the industry has noticeably moved from ‘whether’ to ‘how’, eliciting a rich mix of excitement and trepidation. The fundamental basis of publishing is still largely in place: content dissemination underpinned by the proven principles of copyright, licensing and payment. But the potential for the internet to utterly transform how content is distributed, and all of the ramifications of this change, is still at an early stage of being realised. 

Our ability to disseminate research outputs as open research, instead of putting them behind paywalls, has become tangible. There are, however, a bunch of other trends and pressures that are stimulating speculation about how scholarly communication will evolve in the next few years, and so complicating our decisions about how to deliver the open research transformation….

[One challenge:] When we (or pretty much any sizeable publisher) looks at a map of where our readers and authors are, there is only partial overlap….

The second major challenge I want to highlight is the need to avoid creating new barriers to authorship….”