A special webinar for libraries across Europe investing in books on the history and politics of Central and Eastern Europe

To help libraries fully understand the benefits of the Opening the Future model for scholarly books, Knowledge Unlatched and Central European University Press (CEUP) held a webinar on September 16, 2021, for institutions in Europe investing in books on the history and politics of Central and Eastern Europe.

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Established in 1993, Central European University Press (CEUP) is regarded in the library world as a leading publisher of scholarly books exploring the history of Central and Eastern Europe and the topics of communism, post-communist reconstruction and transitions to democracy. Its backlist has grown to over 450 monographs and edited collections over the years, with 25 new titles published each year.

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.

The webinar was hosted by KU's Mirela Roncevic, with CEUP’s Frances Pinter as a guest speaker. 

Mirela Roncevic

Library Relations, Knowledge Unlatched