At OBP we collaborate with like-minded organisations to develop open infrastructure for the publication of open access works, to share our books via open platforms and services, and to promote our vision and values across the world.
The COPIM project, funded principally by a £2.2 million grant from the Research England Development (RED) fund and £800,000 from Arcadia Fund, is designed to build much-needed community-controlled, open systems and infrastructures that will develop and strengthen open access book publishing. As a founder member of ScholarLed, one of the COPIM partners, we have a key role in COPIM and our co-Director Rupert Gatti leads work packages on the dissemination and archiving of open access scholarly books. Read more about this project and our involvement.
OPB is a founder member of ScholarLed, a consortium of non-profit, academic-led and Open Access publishers that are collectively developing powerful, practical ways for small-scale, academic-led Open Access presses to grow and flourish in a publishing landscape that is changing rapidly. OBP is excited to be part of a group that embodies the spirit of Open Access, sharing our knowledge, resources and expertise across the consortium to help achieve our ultimate goal: to enable as many readers as possible to access high-quality research, free of charge.
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 in a variety of digitization projects.
OBP, along with five other publishers partnered together as part of an EU project, HIRMEOS. This project developed a number of new services for Open Access monographs across existing platforms, specifically we created database architecture and protocols and usage data collection and aggregation tools. This undertaking marked the early steps in an exciting and ongoing new direction for us, to systematically develop and release our existing publishing software as managed Open Source content, and so enable easy adoption by other and new OA publishing initiatives.
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.
College Open Textbooks, a US non-profit organisation with the most extensive listing of open textbooks on the web (over 700 titles), is in the process of uploading all our titles onto their site.
Our publications are hosted on the OpenEdition Books platform. OpenEdition is a web portal for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences hosting Open Access publications from a consortium of over 160 publishers.
OBP is a strong advocate of the Open Textbook movement. Our titles are widely available on numerous Open Textbook platforms such as MERLOT, the Open Textbook Library, OER Commons and BCcampus OpenEd Resources.
We have collaborated with unglue.it to produce several books such as Oral Literature in Africa, Feeding the City, The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925 and The Jewish Unions in America: Pages of History and Memories. Unglue.it is a service provided by The Free Ebook Foundation. It is a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate specific ebooks and other types of digital content by paying authors and publishers to relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.
We have made all of our books available on the RNIB Bookshare platform, which provides education resources for print-disabled learners, including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted. We have supplied our titles in PDF and EPUB (over 92% of our books are available in EPUB). Using the EPUB format, the RNIB can make the book available in all accessible download formats, including Braille-ready and DAISY, while the PDFs are available as an accessible PDF.
We partnered with Worldreader to give readers in the developing world access to digital books using e-readers and mobile phones. To date our books have been accessed over 1.5 million times in less developed countries through this platform. Worldreader's groundbreaking work has been profiled in The Guardian.
OBP is working with EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) to provide three years' free membership of the OPB Library Membership Programme to libraries that are members of library consortia in EIFL partner countries, including Botswana, Cambodia, Kosovo and many more.
We are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), whose mission is to represent the interests of Open Access 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. View our Membership page.
Formed in 2015 the Radical Open Access Collective is a community of scholar-led, not-for-profit presses, journals and other open access projects. The collective promotes a progressive vision for open publishing in the humanities and social sciences and share an understanding of open access as being characterised by a spirit of ongoing creative experimentation.
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.
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.