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There is no linkage between an institution supporting our programme and their own authors being allowed to publish OA. Authors at member institutions do not get ‘preferential’ or ‘discounted’ publishing deals: OA books are chosen on merit, through the normal editorial proposal process and are peer reviewed. Authors are always welcome to submit a monograph proposal through our normal process but membership of Opening the Future is not a factor in the editorial or acceptance process.
You can read more about our OA publishing policy and funding requirements on our website here:
You can read more about how to submit a book proposal here:
Opening the Future is not like a ‘transformative agreement’ in the journal world. There is no linkage between an institution supporting the model and their own authors being allowed to publish OA, and it’s not based on the support of individual titles. If anything it’s more like a ‘Subscribe to Open’ offer. Participating libraries get unlimited access to curated selections of backlist eBooks at a much cheaper price than buying them in print one at a time. The subscription fees are then used to ‘unlock’ new OA books.
In a sense, the programme is trying to break the link between institutions paying and their own authors being allowed to publish openly, in favour of the press securing a 100% open frontlist and so achieving the former by default. It’s perhaps better thought of as an attempt to build an open, global ‘collection’ that is shared by libraries in common, around the world. There are no BPCs charged, and authors at participating institutions do not get ‘preferential’ or ‘discounted’ publishing deals: OA books are chosen on merit, through the normal editorial proposal process and are peer reviewed. The cost of producing OA books is paid for by the collected library subscription fees: the more libraries sign up, the more OA books can be published.
Central European University Press is pleased to evaluate book proposals which suit the publishing programme and the list of titles of the Press. Proposals that clearly fall outside our subject areas will not be considered or acknowledged. For more information go to our webpage: