In an effort to support the transition of closed content to Open Access (OA) for scholarly books without BPCs (Book Processing Charges) for authors, CEUP has recently announced a brand new approach to publishing its frontlist titles OA.
To help libraries fully understand the benefits of this unique new model for OA, Knowledge Unlatched and Central European University Press (CEUP) will hold a webinar on September 16, 2021, for institutions across Europe. The goal of the webinar is to shed light on the simplicity and effectiveness of this model and its unique benefits for a wide variety of libraries, particularly the institutions in the region as well as the institutions across Europe looking for ways to use their subscription funding to support OA publishing.
A novice variant of the Subscribe-to-Open model, OPENING THE FUTURE is a promising new program offered by CEUP to libraries worldwide that combines membership and subscription models for purchasing scholarly books.
The model’s premise is simple: CEUP publishes new books OA by offering the backlist (450+ books) to libraries on a 3-year subscription basis. In other words, libraries subscribe to one of several available ‘backlist’ packages (each comprising 50 titles), which are curated by editors and librarians or selected based on high usage. The funds CEUP receives from subscribing libraries are then used to publish frontlist titles OA on a rolling basis. The more libraries subscribe to the backlist, the more new titles are published OA. Provided enough funding is collected, up to 25 new books per year will be published OA.