OAPEN

Online library and publication platform

OAPEN promotes and supports the transition to open access for academic books by providing open infrastructure services to stakeholders in scholarly communication. We work with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of open access books and provide services for publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.

SCOSS supports OAPEN and DOAB

SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services, selected OAPEN and DOAB as vital infrastructures to support the transition of monographs and book chapters to open access models. SCOSS provides a coordinated cost-sharing framework for enabling the broader OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends. SCOSS encourages the community to support OAPEN and DOAB in its second funding cycle.

Deposit

The OAPEN Deposit Service supports open access policies of research funders and practitioners (research institutions, universities and their libraries). The Deposit Service provides an institutional uploading service for researchers and publishers. The OAPEN Library is adapted to the specific demands for academic books, and deploys the metadata standards, classification schemes and distribution channels for academic books.

Dissemination

Libraries need to know which openly licensed books are published by reputable academic publishers. Publishers of OA books need to become part of existing library discovery systems to reach their target audiences. OAPEN provides freely available harvesting options and daily metadata feeds in various formats to libraries and library suppliers, to disseminate the OAPEN collection.

Discovery

Making books freely available on the web is only helpful if they are made discoverable. The OAPEN Library is optimised for search engines and is indexed by Google Scholar. In addition to disseminating metadata to Libraries and Library discovery systems, all books with an open license are indexed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).

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OA books Toolkit

For authors

The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit aims to help book authors to better understand open access book publishing and to increase trust in open access books. You will be able to find relevant articles on open access book publishing following the research lifecycle, by browsing frequently asked questions or by searching with keywords.

Spotlight

OAPEN 10 year anniversary

October 2010 marked the launch and official start of the OAPEN platform, take a look at some of our major milestones over the last 10 years via the infographic in this article.

Spotlight

Niels Stern appointed as Director of OAPEN and Co-Director of DOAB

OAPEN Foundation is delighted to announce that Niels Stern has been appointed as Director of OAPEN Foundation.

Niels will take over from Eelco Ferwerda on the 1st of January, as Eelco will retire at the end of this year.

Blog Post

OA Week 2020 Interview: the Dutch Research Council (NWO) funding for Open Access Books

The OAPEN Library is a partner of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and provides a quality hosting environment for all peer-reviewed academic books, book chapters and collected volumes which are the result of or report on research funded partly or in whole by NWO and are primarily aimed at an academic...

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Scholar-led open access book publishing in Linguistics – an interview with Language Science Press

Language Science Press (LangSci) is a scholarly-led open access book publisher in Linguistics. Initiated in 2012 by academics for academics, the press fully embraces new publishing possibilities and offers open access book publishing to its authors, free of any charges. Rooted within the field and with...

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