Vacancies, Training & Volunteering
Open Book Publishers is an innovative, not-for-profit Open Access academic publisher based in Cambridge, actively changing the nature of the traditional academic book. We are widely recognised as world leaders in Open Access scholarly monograph publishing, and proud to have published over 200 titles - including works by renowned authors such as Noam Chomsky and Amartya Sen. All our books are available online free of charge, so that everyone can access high quality peer-reviewed research regardless of income, as well as in printed and ebook editions. We are very proud that our free online titles have now been read by over two million people worldwide, and are attracting over 400 readers per title every month.
OBP is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.
Full-time – Remote
We are looking for a Software Engineer to assist our Lead Software Engineer in the design, development and testing of OBP’s Open Source Software and infrastructure projects. The post holder will work closely with our Lead Software Engineer in developing new features, providing technical support and fixing issues as appropriate. This is a remote fixed term position, partially funded by the Open Book Futures project, ending 30 April 2026. Salary 28-35K depending on experience. Full criteria are available to download. To apply for the job, please send your CV and a cover letter to Rupert Gatti. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
We offer training placements in all aspects of Open Access publishing, free of charge. In the past we have provided placements as part of university courses (such as the MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, the Master in Publishing at City University of London), work placements (School of Arts, Birbeck, University of London) and to other Open Access publishers, such as UGA Editions and Firenze University Press. Placements usually cover editorial skills, marketing, or technical aspects such as the creation of XML editions. For more information or to discuss a possible placement, please contact Alessandra Tosi.
If you would like to support our work by volunteering, get in touch! We welcome volunteers of different levels of skill and experience; we work remotely; and we are happy for volunteers to work to their own schedules rather than to our working day if that's more convenient. However, we will only consider volunteers who have an undergraduate degree or are currently studying at that level or above.
- If you are new to publishing you would have the opportunity to try a range of key aspects, including marketing, editorial and text-formatting tasks in a non-corporate environment. We are a small team and there is always lots to do, so you can get involved rather than simply observe.
- If you have some experience, we would love to hear from you if you would be willing to help us in any aspect of our work: proofreading, typesetting, copy editing, marketing, peer-reviewing, developing our website, or providing specialist expertise in your own field of research.
Unfortunately we are unable to remunerate our volunteers. If you would like to apply please send your cover letter and CV to Alessandra Tosi.
Many of our previous OBP volunteers are listed below. Thanks to them all!
Thea Phillips; Peio Pinuaga Arriaga; Emma Carter; Annie Hine; Sara Harris; Sacha Tanna; Caitlin Broadie; Michaela Buna; Cecilia Thon; Evie Rowan; Elisabeth Pitts; Maria Teresa Renzi-Sepe; Alex Carabine; Maria Eydmans; James Hobson; Evie Rowan; Debbie Lee; Jeremy Bowman; Anja Pritchard; Shauna Hagan; Katie Stevens;
Our 2023 Volunteers