Library usage, new (export) functionalities & list of compliant book publishers

This is the first edition of the OAPEN newsletter for publishers. As part of these newsletters we will share updates on the development of DOAB, OAPEN & the OA Books Toolkit particularly relevant for publishers*.

How are your OA books used amongst libraries and academic institutions?

In October, our colleague Ronald Snijder took a closer look at download data for the OAPEN Library for the period of January - August 2021. More specifically, at usage originating from libraries and academic institutions.

From this we learned that at least 1,100 academic institutions and libraries accessed OA books or chapters on the OAPEN Library for this period. To learn more about the origin of downloads, the role of aggregators and the top 3 users amongst libraries and academic institutions, please click here.

New functionalities: expanding export options for a more seamless experience for users

We also introduced a new metadata format: KBART (upon the request of libraries) for DOAB & the OAPEN Library as well as a 'selective export' functionality.

As the corpus of open access books available via DOAB (47,000+) and the OAPEN Library (19,000+) continues to grow, we've added additional export options for users. This extends options for users to export (sub)sets of the entire corpus for a more seamless experience.

Both of these additions make it easier for users to export your open access books and chapters. More information can be found here.

List of compliant book publishers

As part of the ERC-OAPEN-2019 project**, we will be updating our website in spring 2022, including the list of publishers complying with the open access book publishing requirements of our funder partners. These funders include the European Research Council (ERC), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Wellcome, and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Listed publishers can demonstrate their compliance with these funder's open access book publishing requirements, making it easier for researchers and prospective authors to meet their funder's requirements. We encourage all book publishers not included yet to consider joining the list via this sign up form.

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** The ERC-OAPEN-2019 project received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 964352

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