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How to use the Open Access Books Network

0 replies, 1 voice Last updated by  Lucy Barnes 11 months, 3 weeks ago
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    Lucy Barnes

    To join the Open Access Books Network group, simply set up a profile at Humanities Commons. It takes a couple of minutes, and you can find easy-to-follow instructions here. Then search for the Open Access Books Network under Groups (on the left-hand side of your screen) and click on the Join Group button.

    You are now officially a member of the OABN community!

    Get started!

    To get to know the group’s members, we have created a thread called ‘Meet the Members’ (under the Discussion tab). We encourage you to start here and tell us why Open Access books matter to you. You might also find it helpful to read our official Welcome post, which explains how to use the OABN space.


    Email options: we strongly recommend checking and amending your email settings. For privacy purposes, the default is ‘No Email’ but we recommend tailoring that (you can select a weekly summary, daily digest, new topics update or all activity, as you prefer). This way you can be alerted about new discussions, new readings and new events without having to check the site. You can also participate in discussion threads via your email, if you wish.

    A note on languages

    Although the administration of the site is conducted in English, you’re welcome to begin a discussion thread in another language if you wish. Likewise, if you’d like to propose an event in a language other than English, please get in touch — we’d love to hear from you!

    Contributing to the OABN calendar
    This calendar is available for and aims to support anyone with an interest in open access books. Anyone who is part of the OABN can add a calendar event that might be of interest to the community, bearing in mind the following:
    a. The event should have some connection to open access books and be of potential interest to those in the open access book community.
    b. We ask users not to add calendar events of a commercial nature, such as, but not limited to, sales events or sales webinars.
    If you’d like to check whether your calendar event is appropriate for the OABN, just drop us a line at

    Contact us

    If you have an event or a blog post you’d like to propose, or you want to get in touch for any other OA-books-related reason, email You can also follow us and contact us on Twitter @oabooksnetwork.

    Finally, if you’d like to be added to the Open Access Book Community on Slack (, which is another forum for discussion about Open Access books, email

    You’re all set: explore and contribute! Great to have you on board!

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