Newsletter September 2013

A new collaboration to strengthen OA monograph publishing

OAPEN and OpenEdition, two European projects dedicated to Open Access publishing in the humanities and social sciences, are pleased to announce their collaboration to strengthen Open Access monograph publishing.

Services for Open Access books

OpenEdition is a publishing platform developing a sustainable model for Open Access publishing: OpenEdition Freemium. OAPEN offers deposit and discovery services to Open Access monographs, through the OAPEN Library and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). OAPEN and OpenEdition now work together to provide their members with the benefits of each other’s services.

Joint stand at Frankfurt Book Fair

Meet us at the Frankfurt Book Fair, october 8-12 2013. OpenEdition and OAPEN share the stand F91 in Hall 4.2 S.


OAPEN Foundation is dedicated to Open Access for peer reviewed books. OAPEN Library ( is a deposit service for the full text dissemination of Open Access books and provides services to publishers and libraries regarding quality control, deposit and discovery. In addition, OAPEN manages the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB,, a discovery service for OA books modelled after the DOAJ.

About OpenEdition

OpenEdition ( serves the humanities and social sciences research communities through four publication and information platforms: OpenEdition Books (books series), (scientific journals), Hypotheses (research blogs), Calenda (academic announcements). Since 2011, OpenEdition is complemented by a Freemium programme addressing libraries’ specific needs in a variety of formats and services. OpenEdition is developed by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (CLEO), a non-profit public initiative promoting Open Access academic publishing, with the support of the main French research institutions: the Bibliothèque scientifique numérique (BSN), the Centre National de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Avignon University.

Oxford University Press joins the OAPEN-UK pilot

Oxford University Press (OUP) is participating in OAPEN-UK, a pilot funded by JISC Collections and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to gather evidence on the viability of OA monographs in the humanities and social sciences. OUP is taking part in the final year of the trial, from September 2013 – September 2014.

How the pilot works

OAPEN-UK works by matching pairs of monographs which are similar in subject area, predicted sales, extent and publication date, and then publishing one open access and the other in the conventional manner, as a control. The titles randomly selected to be open access have been made freely available as PDF on Oxford Scholarship Online, the OAPEN Library, and on Google Books. These PDFs are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND). In addition, these titles continue to be sold and marketed in the normal way (customers can still purchase print copies or ebooks, for example). The control titles are not made open access and are simply sold, marketed and distributed in the traditional manner.

You can find the titles in the OAPEN Library here. More information can be found here.

Dutch seminar "Open Access voor wetenschappelijke boeken in Nederland - Praktijkervaringen in het kader van het project OAPEN-NL"

OAPEN and SURF invite you to the seminar Open Access voor wetenschappelijke boeken in Nederland, held on Tuesday 22 October, during the Open Access Week 2013.

In this - Dutch spoken - seminar, the latest experiences with publishing monographs in Open Access will be discussed. Proessor Dr. Wiljan van den Akker - Dean of Utrecht University - will speak about his experiences, the results of the OAPEN-NL project will be presented plus a panel discussion on the future of Open Access publishing of Open Access monographs.

OAPEN-NL project

The OAPEN-NL project was set up to learn about Open Access publishing of monographs in the Netherlands. Supported by NWO and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the pilot funded the publishing of 50 OA monographs by nine publishers. These titles were compared to a control group of similar scholarly books, published in a conventional manner. This has given insight into rhe effect of Open Access publishing on sales and usage. During the seminar, the results will be discussed in further detail and the final report will be presented.


To join the seminar, please use the registration form.

ONIX 3.0 metadata available

The ONIX for Books Product Information Message is the international standard for representing and communicating book industry product information in electronic form. Release 3.0 is a major new version of the ONIX for Books standard, the first since 2001 that is not backwards-compatible with its predecessors. To enable sharing information with all partners, the OAPEN Library now also contains a metadata feed in ONIX 3.0. Also, the older version - ONIX 2.1 - remains available.

All OAPEN metadata feeds are available under a CC0 1.0 license.

You can access the metadata feed here.