Path to Open: Exploring a Sustainable Model in Publishing New Open Access Books

Presented by: JSTOR and Library Journal
Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023


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The quest for a sustainable model to support open access (OA) academic books continues, especially for literature in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. While there is a proliferation of initiatives, they tend to be publisher-specific or small scale. Achieving sustainability is challenging, particularly for small and medium university presses, but the demand and interest in the content is high. When publishers converted licensed ebooks to open access, they saw usage surge by 5,500% on JSTOR.

How can we meet the scholarly community’s shared goal of increasing equity and access to knowledge while ensuring value for funding libraries, reducing the financial risk for scholarly publishers, and expanding authors' impact? In this webinar, you will learn how partners spanning the entire community collaborated to develop Path to Open, an innovative model for OA monograph publishing.

Representatives from two university presses, University of Tennessee library, The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and the nonprofit JSTOR, will explore their new initiative to meet these challenges and address opportunities. You will learn how this program supports bibliodiversity in publishing, provides infrastructure and scale for the publishing and library community, and selects titles that will have high impact for its readers. You will also find out why libraries are participating in this pilot and the factors considered in the decision-making process. And you will hear how you, too, can join us on this promising path to open.



Kate McCready, Visiting Program Officer, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Holly Mercer, Senior Associate Dean and Professor, University of Tennessee

Rebecca Seger, Vice President, IPSP, Outreach & Participation, JSTOR

Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian, Publishing, and Director, University of Michigan Press

Dennis Lloyd, Director, University of Wisconsin Press


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