KU 2023 Collections Pledging Outcome

KU 2023 Collections Pledging Outcome
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Dear Librarians and Partners around the world,

2023 was a very productive year at Knowledge Unlatched. We are pleased to share news about the content that will be made Open Access (OA) as a result of the pledges made by libraries during the last year. As in the years past, we remain committed to our goal of making quality Diamond OA content available to researchers and users all around the world without restrictions.

Overall, about 269 books will be made available OA in 2024 as a direct result of the support received from hundreds of libraries throughout 2023. These include 71 new frontlist books from our legacy collection KU Select, which last year focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as around 198 books from our various HSS and STEM partner collections. We also contributed to the sustainability of about 60 journals thanks to our Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) partnerships as well as to the sustainability of several platforms and websites hosting blogs, videos, and other scholarly content.

Several of last year’s collections exceeded their targets and collected more pledges than originally planned, resulting in additional content to be unlatched, and we are especially proud of the outcome of the Language Science Press initiative, which received support from well over 100 institutions worldwide.

Despite many libraries continuing to face challenging budget environments, we are happy to be able to unlatch a significant number of scholarly titles thanks to the widespread library support. By the end of this year, KU’s total impact will number around 5000 titles made OA since our 2013 pilot.

Please see below for the expected number of titles to be unlatched in each of the collections we offered last year, but please be aware that changes may still be unavoidable. We will update our records regularly so that you have a full overview of titles and their corresponding status. The MARC records for all new titles will be updated monthly on the KU website.

  • KU Select 2024 SDG Books: 71 frontlist books to be made available OA in 2024 in the 7 SDG categories that make up the collection. View title list.
  • Berghahn Migration & Development Studies 2024 – 2026: New funding means that 7 new books will be made available OA in 2024. Pledging institutions will receive free access to the closed versions of the eBooks for the remaining titles with the Guaranteed Access model.
  • HAU Books 2024 – 2026: A further 5 books will be made available OA in 2024.
  • IWA Publishing Frontlist Books 2024 – 2026: New funding means that at least 5 new books will be made available OA in 2024. Pledging institutions will receive free access to the closed versions of the eBooks for the remaining titles with the Guaranteed Access model.
  • Language Science Press 2024 – 2026: 105 books will be unlatched over the course of the next three years.
  • Luminos (University of California Press) 2023: Library memberships will continue to help make about 25 titles per year OA.
  • Open Commons of Phenomenology 2024 – 2026: New funding means that 6 new journals will continue to publish new content OA and at least 3 new books will be unlatched in 2024. Visit the platform here.
  • Open Encyclopedia of Anthropology 2024 – 2026: 18 new peer-reviewed entries are expected to be added to the online encyclopedia in 2024. Visit the platform here.
  • Routledge African Studies 2024 – 2026: New funding means that 5 new titles will be made available OA in 2024. Pledging institutions will receive free access to the closed versions of the eBooks for the remaining titles with the Guaranteed Access model.
  • Routledge Gender Studies 2024 – 2026: New funding means that 8 new titles will be made available OA in 2024. Pledging institutions will receive free access to the closed versions of the eBooks for the remaining titles with the Guaranteed Access model.
  • Verfassungsblog Membership 2024: Up to 700 blog posts will be made available in 2024. Visit the platform here.
  • transcript Open Library Politikwissenschaft 2024 (German-language collection): 22 new books will be made available OA in 2024.
  • wbv Media/Schneider Verlag Hohengehren Lehramt 2024 (German-language collection): 5 books will be made available OA in 2024.
  • wbv Media Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik (German-language collection): 9 books will be made available OA in 2024.
  • Latest Thinking video collections: New funding received means that at least 9 new videos on two SDGs—Climate Action SDG and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions—will be released in the near future. This is in addition to the 5 videos on Climate Action scheduled to be released before Summer 2024. Visit the website here.
  • Subscribe-to-Open journal collections: All four journal collections have raised sufficient funding for 2024. New funding means that all new content in the 52 journals across the four collections will be published OA and APC-free in 2024.
  • Berghahn Open Anthro 2023 – 2025: 16 journals. View journals.
  • EDP Sciences Open Mathematics 2024 – 2026: 6 journals. View journals.
  • IWA Publishing Open Journals 2024 – 2026: 10 journals. View journals.

We would like to thank all institutions worldwide that pledged their support in our last pledging cycle and look forward to sharing information about our new pledging cycle, which is kicking off in May 2024.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

All the best,

The KU Team


This post was originally published on April 8, 2024. It has been updated to reflect changes to the number of titles to be unlatched in some collections: April 17, 2024.

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