Göttingen and De Gruyter in open access book transformation project for the Humanities

De Gruyter and a consortium led by the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) have launched a project to transform Humanities titles into open access books by providing consortial financing for selected De Gruyter frontlist titles.

Instead of acquiring print copies or licensing access to eBooks, the libraries participating in the project finance open access monographs and book series. If the minimum number of partners is reached, the project will lead to more than 50 new open access titles in 2020.

The modular offer includes titles in Literary Studies, Philosophy, Classics & Ancient Studies and Jewish Studies, the latter being supported by the FID Jüdische Studien (the Specialized Information Service for Jewish Studies). The selection of transformation titles is managed by the Specialized Information Service units, which are financed by the DFG, the German Research Foundation.

“Our goal is to increase the amount of open access research available and to do this we constantly develop innovative models. In this particular case, we select specific monographs in the Humanities and are very pleased to have the support and cooperation of the DFG’s Specialized Information Service units,” said Kristine Hillenkötter, Head of the Information and Literature Service of the Acquisitions Department at the SUB Göttingen.

“With the participating library partners, this project is a significant – and sustainable – step for open access in the humanities, a central part of our publishing program. The project offers our authors new possibilities to bring their research to a wider audience using open access,” said Martina Näkel, Head of Sales for Austria, Germany and Switzerland at De Gruyter.