CEU Press

Established in 1993 to reflect the intellectual strengths and values of its parent institution, CEU Press is a leading publisher in the history of communism and transitions to democracy. It is widely recognised as the foremost English-language university press dedicated to research on Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries. It publishes approximately 25 new titles a year and has a large backlist of over 450 titles with e-books already available through several platforms.

Sustainable funding for OA monographs

Building on library journal membership models such as Open Library of the Humanities and ‘Subscribe to Open’, CEU Press is creating a sustainable OA publishing model that will give members access to a selection of the extensive backlist, DRM free and with perpetual access after a subscription period of three years. This membership revenue will be used to make newly-published books openly accessible to anyone.

When the revenue target is met and the entire monograph frontlist is openly accessible, future membership fee rates can be lowered. The model has support from LYRASIS who will assist with organizing library participation in the programme and has support from OAPEN. Project MUSE will host the books, providing MARC records, KBART files and supporting discovery systems, and subscribers will have access to COUNTER compliant statistics. Membership is open to libraries and institutions worldwide. There are no catches and no hidden fees – members won’t be asked to pay more on top of their annual fee to access ‘more’ or ‘better’ titles. Packages won’t suddenly change.

Key benefits for OA

The revenue from the membership – that yields access to the backlist – will be used to fund the frontlist to be OA. Library membership fees will pay for only those books that do not already have funding. If a proposal for a book comes to CEUP with partial OA funding, the Press will use Opening the Future membership fees to share the production costs and publish the book OA.

The aim of this approach is to continue to yield a sustainable source of revenue for a press while achieving the desired commitment to making more titles OA. Given the current global library environment and existing budget pressures that have now been exacerbated by Covid-19, a consortial model of funding promises a cost-effective solution for OA that means no single institution bears a disproportionate burden.

Supported by COPIM

COPIM is an international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers supported by the Research England Development Fund (REDFund) as a major development project in the Higher Education sector with significant public benefits, and by the Arcadia Foundation. CEU Press will be provided with assistance in implementing this model through Work Package 3 of the COPIM programme including documentation of this ‘working model’ as a step towards creating a free, open toolkit and roadmap for other book publishers considering OA.

https://ceup.openingthefuture.net/#

Perspectivia.net

The publication platform of the Max Weber Foundation

The Max Weber Foundation (MWS) is a federal foundation. It currently maintains ten research institutes as well as several branch offices or temporary research groups in a total of 13 countries and a joint office in Bonn. MWS is intensively involved in the field of digital publishing and Open Access. Since 2008, it provides the publication platform perspectivia.net for the publication and dissemination of the scientific results of its institutes. Providing free access to research results is perspectivia.net’s core mission.
Free access to knowledge

The electronic publication platform perspectivia.net sees itself as an international, epoch-spanning and interdisciplinary portal for publications in the humanities. As an infrastructure of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad, the publications published by the institutes and their cooperation partners are made freely accessible here. The Max Weber Foundation is committed to the principles of Open Access and perspectivia.net promotes free access to knowledge and accompanies the transformation of the humanities towards an open science.
Our Content

In the publication series on perspectivia.net you will find both texts already published in print (retrodigital copies) and genuine online publications. All types of scholarly texts are represented, from journals, monographs and anthologies to workshop and conference reports, individual lectures and reviews. In addition, the platform presents extensive image material as well as audio and video files. Since basic research is one of the Max Weber Foundation’s special concerns, perspectivia.net increasingly provides database solutions for the presentation of source editions.

https://perspectivia.net

Style guide for an Open Access publishing workflow for academic books

The present style guide has been created as result of the research project Open-Access-Hochschulverlag ( Open Access University Press) at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

The project was to develop a sustainable and adoptable workflow, which enables universities to publish their publications both as OA and printed books in a state-of-the-art publishing process and without any restrictions regarding the license, the variety of formats, print run etc.

The style guide was created to characterise the internal layout of OA books, which have been published by our university press. To enable low-threshold transfer of knowledge how to publish OA books, this style guide has been published under Creative Commons Licence CC BY.

Publishing monographs in a uniformly series design, the so house style, offers several advantages: it creates a recognition value for the user, so the publications are better remembered and the university press as a publisher becomes more visible as a brand. In addition, a uniform appearance ensures a consistent quality standard, as scientific publications can be highly structured and complex. Strict specifications facilitate the handling of those complex content and ensures the uniform appearance.

The house style of our project consist of general specifications such as the selection of book formats, the basic structure of the scientific publication, page layout, baseline grids, fonts, colors, pagination and running titles, as well as rules for hyphenation and Document Object Identifier (DOI). Furthermore, specifications for the content-specific elements, which may occur in scientific publication are defined, such as heading hierarchies, footnotes, subtitles, lists and numbering, indents, formulas, source code, info boxes, figures and tables. Finally, the guideline includes further specifications, e.g. cover design, directories, appendix and specifications for the electronic output formats of the publication.

Download (PDF): https://www.scienceopen.com/document?-1.ILinkListener-header-action~bar-read~button~so&vid=3bc68b3d-2242-4a08-a699-cf13a5024abb

Editoria Book (Help Guide)

Coko Collaborates: Editoria Community

Over the last month, there have been big advances in the Editoria community. Editoria Book
Community members from University of California Press, California Digital Library, Paged Media and Coko collaborated to document Editoria, facilitated by Book Sprints’ CEO Barbara Rühling. Across three days, the book was written, edited in, and exported from Editoria. A helpful guide for the community, it covers features, export formats, how to request new features, and ways to participate in the community.

Editoria is an open source, browser-based books production platform. It includes collaborative authoring and editing, web-based word processing, and automated typesetting. It also includes docx to HTML conversion and production tracking capabilities. It is free to install and use via the MIT License.

Editoria is community supported, and as such, this book was written collaboratively by representatives from Coko, Paged Media, California Digital Library and University of California Press.

The EPUB and PDF versions are now available for download.