The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) hits 50,000 titles… and counting
An important step for open access – the Directory of open access books now includes more than 50,000 open access books published in 90 languages by 560 academic publishers. The Directory, representing author and publisher scholarships around the world, is freely accessible to the academic community and the general public.
The directory of open access books (DOAB) – an initiative launched in 2012 inspired by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – indexes peer-reviewed open access books and provides information about its publishers. Today, we celebrate a milestone for the Open Access community as we pass the 50,000 Open Access threshold, while reflecting on how we can collectively continue our efforts to enable Open Access books. access to thrive.
While we have seen encouraging growth in DOAB – now marked by this milestone of 50,000 open access books – as well as new models and experimentation with open access books, the way ahead for all of us is still long because most academic books are still published with closed books. to access. Other efforts such as the Open book collective and coordinated investment to improve the transition to open access books is essential.
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