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We are part of the COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) project, which is building community-controlled, open systems and infrastructures that will develop and strengthen open access book publishing, funded by grants from the Research England Development (RED) fund and Arcadia Fund. Read more about our role in this exciting project and read updates from the project, including blog posts and presentations from our team and other members of the project.
We also help to co-ordinate the Open Access Books Network (OABN) which runs a lot of events related to OA books and enables a community of people to share knowledge, best practices, support and advice on all issues related to OA books.
Open Book Publishers sits on the advisory board of a range of Open Access initiatives and members of our team are frequently invited speakers to discuss OA. Watch co-Founder and co-Director Rupert Gatti talk about our project in the videos below, and scroll down to discover more articles and presentations by our team, as well as our Press Kit and Open Access Kit.
Articles and Media Interest
- Our Editor and Outreach Coordinator Lucy Barnes wrote for Research Professional on 'How to shake up ebook publishing' with Rachel Bickley from the ebookSOS campaign.
- Our Co-Director Rupert Gatti worked with OPERAS to develop the OPERAS Platforms and Services White Paper.
- Rupert Gatti contributed to the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group's July 2018 report Open Access Monographs about the transition to OA for academic books.
- Rupert Gatti and then Editor Mike Mierowsky wrote for the Association of College and Research Libraries on funding Open Access monographs.
- Our Managing Director Alessandra Tosi wrote an article for The Telegraph on the revolution in online learning and the urgent need for Open Access.
- David Matthews' piece on OBP in Times Higher Education discussed our initiatives to provide Open Access monographs to readers in the developing world.
- Robert Darnton mentions us in his article for the New York Review of Books.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about OBP as an example of OA publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- We are featured in the Times Higher Education in an article by Paul Jump entitled 'Research Intelligence - Unbound Possibilities'.
- Our Co-Director Rupert Gatti had an article published in The Guardian Higher Education Network Blog: 'We no longer need expensive publishing networks'.
- Our successful funding campaign to "unglue" Oral Literature in Africa was covered in The Chronicle of Higher Education: 'Start-up Hopes to Create Free Digital Version of Published Books' and Poets & Writers: 'Digital Digest: Crowdfunding for the Literary Set'.
- Author Ruth Finnegan writes about her experience of publishing with us in The Independent: 'Open Access: Taking Academic Publishing Out of its Ivory Tower'.
- One of our directors, Rupert Gatti, discusses Open Access, copyright law and OBP in CAM, the Cambridge University Alumni Magazine: 'Access All Areas'.
- We have been featured on the website Open Access Success Stories, which chronicles successful OA ventures across Europe: 'Open Book Publishers'.
Members of our team regularly present our work at UK, EU and US universities and at international conferences, among them:
- Publishing an Open Access Book, ICMPC16-ESCOM11 (2021). Download the slides.
- Business Models and Market Structure within the Scholarly Communications Sector, International Science Council, Rupert Gatti (2020)
- Viral Open Access in Times of Global Pandemic, Open Publishing Fest (2020)
- EIFL webinar: Developments in Open Access books with Open Book Publishers (2020)
- OBP webinar at the University of Salford (recording and slides available) (2020)
- OBP webinar (slides) at the University of Derby (2020)
- Open Access at OBP: An Open Access Week Webinar for Edge Hill University (both the webinar recording and the slides are available)
- ElPub 2019, Marseille (2019)
- From PhD to publishing workshop, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages Library, University of Cambridge (2019)
- Thesis to Monograph 2019 Workshop, University of Sussex (2019)
- Open Access Monographs: An Event for Learned Societies and Subject Associations, London (2018)
- European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Hamburg (2018)
- International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Toronto (2018)
- OER 18: Open to All, 9th Annual Conference for Open Education Research, Practice and Policy, Bristol (2018)
- Digital Infrastructures for Research conference, Brussels (2017)
- Cambridge Open Access Week 2017: Helping Researchers Publish in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (2017)
- HIRMEOS Project Meeting, Berlin (2017)
- Academic Book Week Panel Discussion, University of Derby (2017)
- Universities UK, Wellcome Trust Conference (2017)
- Charleston Library Conference (2016)
- AHRC Commons Conference, York (2016)
- SPARC Annual Conference, San Antonio TX (2016)
- Coordinating Open Access Publishing in the UK, London (2016)
- Voltaire Foundation, Oxford (2016)
- Research and Publishing in the Digital Age, Cambridge (2016)
- Academic Book of the Future Conference, Cambridge (2015)
- HEFCE/JISC Future of Open Access Monographs, London (2015)
- EUI Open Access Scholarly Publications Conference, Florence (2015)
- Open Access Scholarly Dissemination, Barcelona (2015)
- OASPA Conference, Paris (2015)
- OA19 Conference, CERN (2015)
- OA Academic Publishing, Helsinki (2015)
- HEFCE Consultation on OA Monographs, London (2015)
- JISC/Oapen Consultation, London (2015)
- Wellcome Trust Workshop, London (2015)
- Radical Open Access, Coventry (2015)
We have also been featured on many blogs, including:
- LSE Impact, 'Genuine open access to academic books requires collective solutions'
- University of Kent, Office for Scholarly Communication, 'Innovation in Scholarly Communication: Open Book Publishers – An Open Access Publisher Writes'
- LSE Impact, 'ScholarLed collaboration: A powerful way to grow Open Access publishing'
- University of Kent, Office for Scholarly Communication, ‘Do you come here often?’ Starting the conversation on DOI’s for Book Chapters'
- 2017 WISE Awards: Finalist profile
- Unglue.it: 'Meet Open Book Publishers'
- Open Knowledge Foundation: 'Open Book Publishers Releases The Digital Public Domain'
- Society Matters: 'Is Open Access the Future of Academic Publishing?'
- The Enlightened Economist: 'Copyright and Academics'
- Suite 101: 'Open Book Publishers' Online and Printed Academic Monographs'
- The Stoa Consortium: 'Open Book Publishers: Cicero'
- Dymvue: 'You Can't Come In, I'm Changing!'