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OAPEN promotes and supports the transition to open access for academic books by providing open infrastructure services to stakeholders in scholarly communication. We work with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of open access books and provide services for publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.

SCOSS supports OAPEN and DOAB

SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services, selected OAPEN and DOAB as vital infrastructures to support the transition of monographs and book chapters to open access models. SCOSS provides a coordinated cost-sharing framework for enabling the broader OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends. SCOSS encourages the community to support OAPEN and DOAB in its second funding cycle.


The OAPEN Deposit Service supports open access policies of research funders and practitioners (research institutions, universities and their libraries). The Deposit Service provides an institutional uploading service for researchers and publishers. The OAPEN Library is adapted to the specific demands for academic books, and deploys the metadata standards, classification schemes and distribution channels for academic books.


Libraries need to know which openly licensed books are published by reputable academic publishers. Publishers of OA books need to become part of existing library discovery systems to reach their target audiences. OAPEN provides freely available harvesting options and daily metadata feeds in various formats to libraries and library suppliers, to disseminate the OAPEN collection.


Making books freely available on the web is only helpful if they are made discoverable. The OAPEN Library is optimised for search engines and is indexed by Google Scholar. In addition to disseminating metadata to Libraries and Library discovery systems, all books with an open license are indexed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).


Growing recognition of the value of open access books

We are pleased to share a number of recent initiatives that underline the growing recognition of the value of open access books and of DOAB as a primary resource for discovery and quality assurance.


TRIPLE project User Research Survey

As OPERAS member, OAPEN kindly invites SSH researchers and academics to take part in the TRIPLE project User Research Survey

The TRIPLE project was launched on 7 October 2019. It will be one of the dedicated services of OPERAS. At the heart of the project is the development of the TRIPLE platform, an innovative multilingual and multicultural discovery solution.


Tom Mosterd joins DOAB and OAPEN as Community Manager

DOAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Mosterd as its new Community Manager. In his new role, Tom Mosterd will be working closely with the DOAB community on an open and inclusive future for both the DOAB and OAPEN infrastructures. He will be responsible for communications, campaigns and is the contact point for institutional prospects and customers. His primary focus will be to manage the SCOSS fundraising campaign on behalf of DOAB and OAPEN.


Springer Nature publishes 1000th open access book

We are happy to see the growing commitment of Springer Nature to open access books as they announce their 1000th OA book title: ‘Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health’

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Google Scholar and the OAPEN Library

Since October 2015, the contents of the OAPEN Library have been indexed by Google Scholar; which was proudly announced by Francis Pinter. Today, Google Scholar lists over 36,000 books and chapters that can be found in the OAPEN Library. In the last year alone, over 2,800 titles were added. This is a...

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Think.Check.Submit – books

New resource for books added to Think. Check. Submit. Further to their announcement in October, the Steering Committee of Think. Check. Submit. is delighted to announce a new addition to its resources: a checklist for authors wishing to verify the reliability and trustworthiness of a book or monograph...

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