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
  • 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 & Marketing: printed and digital editions distributed through all main Open Access and commercial channels
  • Website and online retail services: by 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 several organizations:

Title or Series Partnerships

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 at the end of the year by The Infrastructure Finance Challenge, edited by Ingo Walter, which launched our new Open Report Series.

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

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.

Infrastructure and Training Partnerships

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.

DiXiT
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.

Open Platform Partnerships

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 and the Open Textbook Library.

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.

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.

Worldreader
OBP partnered with Worldreader to give readers in the developing world access to digital books using e-readers and mobile phones. Over 200,000 readers in developing countries have free access to our titles through this platform. Worldreader's groundbreaking work has been profiled in The Guardian.

Unglue.it
We have collaborated with unglue.it to produce several books such as Oral Literature in AfricaFeeding the City and The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925Unglue.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.

Library Access Partnerships

EIFL
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.

Library For All
OBP has partnered with Library For All to give schools and university libraries in the developing world access to all our digital editions free of charge. We are excited to be part of Library For All's new project in Rwanda and we look forward to our books being made available to readers in Haiti, Cambodia, Mongolia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Open Access Organization Memberships

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.

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. We are also members of the Radical Open Access Collective which promotes a progressive vision for Open Access publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences.