Publishing Services and Partnerships

At Open Book Publishers we believe that the dissemination of research should be in the hands of academic institutions and research centers, rather than commercial publishers. We collaborate with these groups to create one-off publications or to develop whole series. Our model offers societies and research institutions a flexible and affordable way of publishing, with the opportunity to include online multi-media content. Our Open Access ethos and extensive distribution network means that research published with us will reach the widest possible readership. Our non-for-profit mandate ensures that revenue is reinvested in the publication project.
If you are looking to:
  • Establish a book series
  • Produce or convert a journal to OA
  • Found your own imprint or a University Press
  • Create a new form of digital research object
please contact our Managing Director, Dr Alessandra Tosi
We are currently partnering with several organizations:

University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and Conservation Evidence Project
We work with UCCRI for the Open Access publication of their inter-disciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and we will shortly publish the seminal Forests and Food: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition Across Sustainable Landscapes. We also work with with the Conservation Evidence Project for the dissemination of results from the scientific literature about the effects of conservation interventions. The first publication in this Series is What Works in Conservation.

Institute of English Studies (University of London)
OBP and IES are working together to produce Yeats Annual, the leading scholarly journal on the poet—and to make it available to all to read free of charge. Yeats Annual has been described by Bernard O'Donoghue as 'a powerful base of biographical and textual knowledge. Since 1982 the vade mecum of Yeats.’

World Oral Literature Project (Cambridge and Yale)
OBP has partnered with the World Oral Literature Project, directed by Mark Turin at the University of Cambridge and Yale University, to create the World Oral Literature Series. The series works to preserve and promote the oral literatures of indigenous people by publishing materials on endangered traditions in innovative ways. Lying at the intersection of anthropology and linguistics, the study of oral genres is an exciting and developing field, but one with few publishing outlets. While linguists may relegate their textual corpus to an appendix, anthropologists similarly harvest elements of oral literature to make comparative or theoretical points. The richness and contextual meaning of oral narratives is thus often lost in the process. The innovative publishing practices adopted by OBP make the dissemination of such unique literary traditions possible for the first time.

Dickinson College Commentaries (DCC)
OBP and Dickinson College Commentaries collaborate to produce enhanced key texts in Latin in Open Access format. Our joint Series appears as both free web resources hosted on the DCC website and as interactive texts released in a variety of formats: free to read, digital and printed. Our first volume in the Series is the forthcoming Cornelius Nepos, 'Life of Hannibal' by Bret Mulligan.

We are an Associate Partner of the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network. We provide secondments to early stage researchers in order to facilitate their research and involve them into a variety of digitization projects.

The Re:Enlightenment Project
Open Book Publishers has a partnership with the Re:Enlightenment Project, a rapidly growing association of institutions and individuals among whose primary aims is to encourage new ways to disseminate as well as to produce knowledge. Other partners of this project include New York University, New York Public Library, Stanford University and the British Museum. One of our titles, The Sword of Judith, has already resulted from that partnership.

OBP partnered with Worldreader to give readers in the developing world access to digital books using e-readers and mobile phones. Around 200,000 readers in developing countries have free access to our titles through this platform.

We are members of several organizations promoting Open Access:
Pure Open Access Alliance
OBP is a founding member of the Pure Open Access Alliance. Created in 2013 the Alliance represents the major publishers which release all their list in OA format, and works to promote OA policies and best practices.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
We are part of INASP's network of Open Access organisations. INASP works with partners like us to support global research communication through innovation, focusing particularly on the needs of developing and emerging countries.

The Directory of Open Access Books
All of our titles are listed in the Directory of Open Access Books. DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an Open Access business model, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
We are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), whose mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.