Göttingen State, University Library and De Gruyter Launch an Open Access Book Transformation Project for the Humanities

Göttingen am 8.9.2014, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, September 8, 2014 | © Courtesy of pilot_micha/Flickr.
Göttingen am 8.9.2014, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, September 8, 2014 | © Courtesy of pilot_micha/Flickr.

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 consortium-derived financing for selected monographs or collected volumes from De Gruyter’s front-list.

A Blog Post by Eric Merkel-Sobotta.


Instead of acquiring print copies or licensing access to eBooks, the libraries participating in this project plan to finance the publication of 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.

This  modular partnership offer includes book titles in Literary Studies, Philosophy, Classics & Ancient Studies and Jewish Studies. The publication in Open Access of Jewish Studies titles is slated to be supported by the FID Jüdische Studien (the Specialized Information Service for Jewish Studies) project. The selection of Open Access transformation titles is managed by the Specialized Information Service units, which are financed by the DFG, the German Research Foundation.

As Kristine Hillenkötter, Head of the Information and Literature Service of the Acquisitions department at the SUB Göttingen, has indicated, the goal of this project is “to increase the amount of Open Access research available […] [while] constantly develop[ing] 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.”

Likewise, Martina Näkel, Head of Sales for Austria, Germany and Switzerland at De Gruyter, has added that “[w]ith the participating library partners, this project is a significant – and sustainable – step for Open Access in the Humanities, a central part of […] [De Gruyter’s] publishing program. The project offers […] authors new possibilities to bring their research to a wider audience using Open Access.”

Written by by Eric Merkel-Sobotta

Edited by Pablo Markin


Featured Image Credits: Göttingen am 8.9.2014, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, September 8, 2014 | © Courtesy of pilot_micha/Flickr.

This post is based on a press release that originally appeared in degruyter.com, 30/10/2019, https://www.degruyter.com/dg/newsitem/354/gttingen-and-de-gruyter-in-open-access-book-transformation-project-for-the-humanities.


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