'The Atheist's Bible: Diderot's 'Elements de physiologie' by Caroline Warman is the winner (jointly) of the R. Gapper Book Prize 2021 for best book in French Studies.

Publishing Services and Partnerships

At Open Book Publishers we believe that the dissemination of research should be led by academic institutions and research centers, rather than by commercial publishers. We collaborate with these groups to create one-off publications or to develop whole series. We also collaborate with like-minded organisations to develop open infrastructure for the publication of open access works, to disseminate our books via open platforms and services, and to promote our vision and values across the world.

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 for:
  • A publisher for your book series
  • Title management, including peer review process
  • Book production: copyediting, typesetting, indexing, cover design, production of multiple print and digital editions (hardback, paperback, pdf, epub, mobi, xhtml, and more...)
  • Distribution and marketing: printed and digital editions distributed through all main Open Access and commercial channels and marketed via email, social media, postcards and flyers
  • Website and online retail services: supplying content for existing sites, or creating new retail-enabled sites
  • Applying new technologies to the book format, for example by embedding multimedia content
please contact our Managing Director, Dr Alessandra Tosi.

We are currently partnering with a number of organizations:

Series Partnerships

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 Cornelius Nepos, 'Life of Hannibal'  by Bret Mulligan, followed by Ovid, Amores (Book 1) by William Turpin.

Global Communications 
Global Communications is a new book series that looks beyond national borders to examine current transformations in public communication, journalism and media. Special focus is given on regions other than Western Europe and North America, which have received the bulk of scholarly attention until now.

The Global Qur'an
This international series in collaboled by Johanna Pink (Freiburg University)  focuses on the translation and interpretation of the Qur’an or on the social, cultural, pedagogical, aesthetic, and devotional place of this text in Muslim societies worldwide.

The Medieval Text Consortium Series
The Series is lead by The Medieval Text Consortium, an association of leading scholars aimed at making works of medieval philosophy available to a wide audience.

Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Spearheaded by Geoffrey Khan, the Regius Professor of Hebrew, Semitic Languages and Cultures is a book series devoted to philological and linguistic studies of Semitic languages and editions of Semitic texts. Books in this series cover all periods, traditions and methodological approaches to the field.

New York University
We partnered with the NYU’s Global Institute for Advanced Study and the Stern School of Business. The OBP/NYU Series was launched in early 2016 with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century, edited by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This volume was followed by The Infrastructure Finance Challenge, edited by Ingo Walter, which launched our new Open Report Series, and by Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History, edited by Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano and Kalia Brooks Nelson.

St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture
St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture, a successful series published by the Centre for French History and Culture at the University of St Andrews since 2010 and now in collaboration with Open Book Publishers, aims to enhance scholarly understanding of the historical culture of the French-speaking world. This series covers the full span of historical themes relating to France: from political history, through military/naval, diplomatic, religious, social, financial, cultural and intellectual history, art and architectural history, to literary culture.

Studies on Mathematics Education and Society
This book series publishes high-quality monographs, edited volumes, handbooks and formally innovative books which explore the relationships between mathematics education and society. The series advances scholarship in mathematics education by bringing multiple disciplinary perspectives to the study of contemporary predicaments of the cultural, social, political, economic and ethical contexts of mathematics education in a range of different contexts around the globe.

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 have recently published the seminal Forests and Food: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition Across Sustainable Landscapes. We also work with the Conservation Evidence Project for the dissemination of results from the scientific literature about the effects of conservation interventions. The result of this partnership is the What Works in Conservation Series.

World Oral Literature Project (Cambridge and University of British Columbia)
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.

Infrastructure and Training Partnerships

COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs)
The COPIM project, funded by a £2.2 million grant from the Research England Development (RED) 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 will be taking a key role in COPIM and our co-Director Rupert Gatti will be leading work packages on the dissemination and archiving of open access scholarly books. Read more about this project and our involvement here.

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.

EU Framework Programme
OBP, along with five other publishers have partnered together as part of a new EU project, HIRMEOS. This project aims to develop a number of new services for Open Access monographs across existing platforms, specifically we plan to create database architecture and protocols and usage data collection and aggregation tools. This undertaking marks the first steps in an exciting 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.

OPB is part of a consortium with five other scholarly Open Access publishers – Mayfly Books, Mattering Press, Meson Press, Open Humanities Press, and Punctum Books – and collectively we are 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.

Open Platform Partnerships

COT Education
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.

OpenEdition Books
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.

Open Textbooks
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.

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.

We have collaborated with unglue.it to produce several books such as Oral Literature in AfricaFeeding the CityThe Classic Short Story, 1870-1925 and The Jewish Unions in America: Pages of History and MemoriesUnglue.it is a service provided by The Free Ebook Foundation It's 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.

OBP 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.

Accessibility Partnerships

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
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.

Library Access Partnerships

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.

Open Access Organization Memberships

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.

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 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. Our Membership page can be found here.

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.

Radical Open Access Alliance
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.