Knowledge Unlatched (KU) announces a new record for usage of its Open Access (OA) books. Over 950 titles from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) have been accessed more than 1 million times by users worldwide in the past 8 months of this year alone. The increase in usage compared to 2017 is significant: On aggregate, KU content has seen 570,000 full-text downloads on the OAPEN platform and a further 490,000 chapter downloads on the JSTOR platform.
“We are pleased that scientists around the world are using the content of our approximately 100 publishing partners to such an extent.” says Tom Mosterd, Discovery & Account Manager at KU. “It is exciting to see that libraries are committed to ensuring that OA books are made accessible to a global audience, thereby playing a crucial role in reaching this key milestone.’’
Financed by libraries worldwide, nearly 1,000 titles have already been made available through Knowledge Unlatched, and several hundred titles are added every year.