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

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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

New collaboration between SCOAP³ For Books and OAPEN: Open Access Books in Particle Physics

The OAPEN Foundation is delighted to share the news that it has entered into an agreement with SCOAP³ for Books to provide a set of dedicated services around its open access book collection in Particle Physics.

Spotlight

Featured book: Open Science: the Very Idea

This open access book provides a broad context for the understanding of current problems of science and of the different movements aiming to improve the societal impact of science and research.

Blog Post

New functionalities for DOAB and OAPEN Library: Selective Export and KBART format

New export format: KBART  This month we have introduced a new metadata format: KBART. Adding the KBART export format to both DOAB and the OAPEN Library has been requested by the library community and offers another option for exporting our metadata and seamlessly connecting to the metadata...

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Tour de Bibliothèque: The OAPEN Library SCOAP³ for Books collection

The OAPEN Library is a growing virtual library of open access books. Researchers and curious readers find their way to the OAPEN Library via a number of entrances. As they browse, land upon or virtually stroll through the OAPEN Library, what unique books may one discover on its bookshelves? Today we’ll...

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