KU Spotlight: Open Access and UN's Sustainable Development Goals

KU Spotlight: Open Access and UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Dear Librarians,

Welcome to the Summer 2022 issue of KU's newsletter.

You may have noticed that several offerings among KU’s new collections mention the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This content was prompted by feedback from you, our library partners, in support for the UN’s “blueprint to a better and more sustainable future for all” and our mission that it is Open Access (OA) to everyone. This is a commitment shared by KU and our parent company, Wiley, a signatory to the SDG Publishers Compact

For many of us, this summer has been a season of record high temperatures and extreme weather that scientists and climate experts attribute to climate change. KU is making important research about this issue available OA thanks to the continued global support from libraries and institutions worldwide. This year's book collections tied to the SDGs include two focus collections, on Climate Change and Global Health, as well as Emerald Publishing's Responsible Management and University of Michigan Press' Peace and Justice.We are also proud to offer a new collection of scholary videos by our partner Latest Thinking on issues related to UN SDG 13 (Climate Action).

Many thanks to all the libraries and institutions around the world whose early support has helped to get KU's 2022 pledge season off to a good start. We look forward to continued support for these OA initiatives as we move into our main pledging season this fall.In the meantime, we wish you a great rest of the summer.Stay well.

The KU Team​​​​​​

Latest Thinking on the Climate Action SDG 2023

  • 20 new videos giving a broad overview of the research topics related to climate action
  • All original videos based on peer-reviewed academic publications
  • Library funding helps to ensure that more high-quality, up-to-date videos on the latest research are Open Access

​​​​​KU Open Opportunities: University of Michigan Press "Peace and Justice" 2023

In partnership with the University of Michigan Press (UMP), we want researchers who have insufficient access to funding to participate in the global reach that Open Access publication affords. KU's new Open Opportunities model will initially consist of at least 30 percent of this content but will expand in future years as it becomes more established.

Opening new opportunities to all academics, including lecturers, independent scholars, emeritus faculty, and PhD candidates, the model aligns wherever possible with the SDGs.In the words of UMP's Editorial Director, Elizabeth Sherburn Demers, MBA, PhD, "We tend to think of equity and inclusion in Open Access from an end-user perspective, where readers and researchers engage in vigorous debate with OA material. This model allows us to broaden access for scholars to participate in this global conversation at very early stages." As we see daily, the struggle for democratization and political participation is ongoing, affecting a great many people in countless different ways. This is why the first KU Open Opportunities book package focuses on Peace and Justice.

Meet us at upcoming conferences

The pandemic and travel restrictions during the past two years limited our attendance at publishing and library conferences. We missed seeing you in person and having conversations about Open Access and related issues. This year KU colleagues are back on the road. We look forward to to attending and speaking at these upcoming Fall 2022 events.

To set up a meeting, contact us atinfo@knowledgeunlatched.org.

KU Focus Collection 2023: Climate Change

SDG 13 Climate Action

  • 20 frontlist books on climate change unlatching in 2023
  • Featuring publishers such as Emerald, Ohio University Press, and Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Titles selected by the KU Selection Committee
  • Provisional title list available


KU Focus Collection 2023: Global Health

SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being​​​​​​

  • 20 frontlist books on global health unlatching in 2023
  • Featuring publishers such as University of London Press, AOSIS, and Taylor & Francis
  • Titles selected by the KU Selection Committee
  • Provisional title list available

Emerald Publishing Responsible Management

SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth​​​​​​SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureSDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

“This collection brings together researchers from across the world working on implementing and achieving the SDGs, covering crucial issues including gender and racial equity in the workplace, sustainable tourism, economic development and much more. Publishing this research Open Access through this collection will further its reach and implementation and will help us all move closer towards a more just and sustainable future with the vision of the SDGs realised.” — Sally Wilson, Publishing Director, Emerald Publishing

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