MIT Press to develop a sustainable framework for open access monographs | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“The MIT Press has received a three-year $850,000 grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to perform a broad-based monograph publishing cost analysis and to develop and openly disseminate a durable financial framework and business plan for open-access (OA) monographs. The press, a leader in OA publishing for almost 25 years, will also undertake a pilot program to implement the resulting framework for scholarly front- and backlist titles.

Amy Brand, director of the MIT Press and principal investigator for the grant, sees it as an opportunity to explore alternatives to the traditional market-based business model for professional and scholarly monographs. “Until the mid-1990s, most U.S. university presses could count on sales of 1,300–1,700 units, but today monograph sales are typically in the range of 300–500 units,” says Brand. “Many presses make up this difference with internal subsidies or subventions from institutional or philanthropic sources, but this is not sustainable and often unpredictable. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this generous award from Arcadia will allow us to develop and test a flexible OA sustainability model that can then be adapted to the needs of our peers.”

There is growing consensus within the university press community that publishing academic monographs through a durable OA model may be the best way to advance scholarship and fulfill their mission. The U.S.-based Association of University Presses comprises 148 member presses that collectively publish approximately 15,000 monographs per year. Crafting and promoting a viable OA model for this community — and leading the way, as the MIT Press intends to do — would represent a major breakthrough….”

U-M Press Dialogues in Democracy: Core titles in politics and public policy now “free-to-read” – University of Michigan Press Blog

“The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce the launch of “Dialogues in Democracy,” a collection of at least 25 free-to-read books contextualized by multimedia resources including author podcasts and videos. Ideal for students and the engaged voter alike, these resources illustrate the core tensions in American political culture—tensions that erupt every four years during the presidential election and are particularly apparent during these unusual times….”

Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection Launches – University of Michigan Press Blog

“The University of Michigan Press in collaboration with the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection. Jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Open Book Program has made outstanding out-of-print and hard-to-find humanities books available to a wide audience. Under this program, the University has made 100 significant books about Asia published under its auspices freely and publicly available online. …”

Launch Open Access Publishing Platform TiU | openpresstiu

The brand new Open Press Tilburg University published its first three books today! The electronic versions of these books are freely and openly available for students, researchers and others.

The Open Press TiU is part of the Open Science Action Plan of Tilburg University. The press aims to accelerate Open Access in scholarly book publishing. We believe that every student or researcher should be able to get access to scholarly information, and that every scholar should be able to publish high quality Open Access books, essays and textbooks.

 

Cambridge University Press and Hindawi in OA deal | Research Information

“Five Cambridge University Press journals will publish with Hindawi Limited under a collaborative agreement.

Beginning in January 2021 (with submissions open from September), the partnership will see Hindawi carry out editorial and production work on the journals using its open source publishing platform, Phenom. The journals will remain under Cambridge ownership. All five will be fully open access.

The five journals are Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, Genetics Research, Journal of Smoking Cessation, Wireless Power Transfer, and Laser and Particle Beams….”