Books in Open access : OAPEN has been approved by EU

From: Jean Kempf <Jean.Kempf_at_UNIV-LYON2.FR>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 23:14:23 +0100

This is the project I mentionned in an earlier post which associates
6 European university presses to make HSS monographs in OA.

Press release, 12-02-2008
Positive evaluation from European Commission for proposal "Open
Access Publishing in European Networks" (OAPEN)

The European Commission announced that the proposal from Amsterdam
University Press together with five European University Presses
within the eContentplus Programme, has been selected for negotiations
on funding. The opening of negotiations starts in March 2008.
Completion of negotiations, award decision and signature of grant
agreements are expected in May 2008.
OAPEN intends to develop and implement an Open Access publication
model for peer reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social
Sciences. This Open Access publication model will also serve as a
model in other scientific domains and improve the spread of European
research results.
The project aims to achieve a sustainable European approach to
improve the quantity, visibility and usability of high quality
academic research and foster the creation of new content by
developing future-oriented publishing solutions, including an Online
OAPEN addresses the needs of small to medium enterprises and
not-for-profit publishers and seeks to offer solutions to both
publishers and others stakeholders, such as authors, libraries,
research funding bodies, and policy makers.
OAPEN will also aggregate content from other publishers in the
Humanities and Social Sciences in order to expand the available Open
Access content by achieving critical mass and building up the OAPEN
European Digital Library.
The project is the first of its kind and, if funded, is intended to
start in September 2008.

For more information on OAPEN please visit

Amsterdam University Press (AUP), The Netherlands
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen/Göttingen University Press (UGOE),
Museum Tusculanum Press (MTP), Denmark
Manchester University Press (MUP), United Kingdom
Presses Universitaires de Lyon (PUL), France
Firenze University Press (FUP), Italy

Note for publication: For more information, please contact Eelco
Ferwerda of Amsterdam University Press, 0031 (0)20-420 00 50, email:
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