Open access publishing faces many challenges, with funding leading the pack. But we believe that the benefits of sharing knowledge with researchers everywhere, including in low-income nations, far exceed the obstacles. This is why, in line with our mission to expand access to knowledge and education for everyone, we are collaborating with university presses to introduce Path to Open, a new program that supports libraries’ efforts to increase bibliodiversity and invest in sustainable OA solutions while reducing financial risk for academic publishers to invest in authors and their scholarship.
Path to Open was developed in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), University of Michigan Press, The University of North Carolina Press, and Lyrasis to bring about equitable access and impact for the entire scholarly community. This funding model will provide libraries with affordable access to diverse, high-quality frontlist titles; support small and medium university presses in open access publishing; help authors reach a global audience; and advance equity of access to underserved researchers around the world.
How it works
Path to Open will launch as a multi-year pilot in 2023.
- Path to Open will offer new peer-reviewed monographs in disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, with an emphasis on works that bring forward diverse perspectives and ideas
- We plan to release the first 100 titles in fall 2023, with 300 new titles added each year starting in 2024
- Fees for unlimited exclusive access to the full set of these books will be tiered according to the participating institution’s JSTOR classification
- Three years after publication, the books will become open access, benefitting readers worldwide