The Open Access Books Network is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. Researchers, publishers, librarians, infrastructure providers — indeed, anyone who is interested — can discuss any aspect of OA books here. This group was begun by members of OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and SPARC Europe.

DISCUSSION — contribute to any of the discussion threads, or start your own!

SITE — check out our latest blog posts, and get in touch ( to propose a post on any aspect of OA books.

FROM CORE / FILES — add any publications or documents related to Open Access books.

DOCS — go here for collaborative documents on OA book projects and resources.


TWITTER: @oabooksnetwork

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LIVE LIST: Mapping Developments in Open Access

***This is an editable document covering projects that aim to track and/or map developments in Open Access (including, but not limited to, OA books). It draws from a public, editable document that was created during early discussions about the OABN. Please add any initiatives you think relevant that are not covered here.***

Here are some other places where we might share info/contribute to other efforts to understand OA books and OA more broadly:

Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory maintains a great deal of useful information and links to all things open access, including open access book publishers and open access book publishing business models. One thought would be for us to use this space to share information, and thereby both benefit from the work already done, and contribute to this important resource. Here’s how to start contributing.


Harvard TagTeam hub on All Things Open Access

The TagTeam hub on Open Access (aka the Open Access Tracking Project) is a crowd-sourced project to share links to resources and news having to do with Open Access. OATP has a tag called oa.books that we could use to contribute to this resource. You can subscribe to the feed of items tagged with this tag. You can also tag new and old items (articles, blog posts, policies, platforms, tools, announcements, etc.) that deserve this tag. Here’s how to get started as a tagger.


Open Access Map

The OA Map allows users to conduct searches or obtain overviews of Open Access developments around the world. This will help to prevent duplication, enhance collaboration and generally enable an approach where new projects properly build upon existing or completed ones. The Map displays the locations of all types of OA-related initiatives, including funding policies, government documents, university mandates and so on. Much of this information already exists but it is scattered across domains. The Map can be used for OA education training and advocacy and should be extremely valuable in informing different constituencies, including policymakers and legislators, about the progress of OA in simple, clear and easily usable ways.


Open Book Lists

A proof of concept for putting together in one place a guide to all of the (major) repositories of open access books.


List of Open Source Software to support OA book publishing workflows

A similar “proof of concept” list of open source software that can complement OA book publishing workflows. 


Analysis and Policy Observatory

The Analysis and Policy Observatory collects (alongside lots of other types of policy docs) policies regarding open access.



The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates and policies adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require or request their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.


The Open Syllabus Project

The OSP currently has a corpus of seven million English-language syllabi from over 80 countries. It uses machine learning and other techniques to extract citations, dates, fields, and other metadata from these documents. The resulting data is made freely available via the Syllabus Explorer and in bulk for academic research. The OSP is based at Open Syllabus, a non-profit research organization. The project was founded at The American Assembly, a public policy institute associated with Columbia University.

It might be useful for exploring which Open Access books are used on syllabi and reading lists, and how widely.

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