OA Progress

What progress have we made with our OA publishing programme?

Now that Opening the Future at CEU Press is fully functional and gaining library support, our members will need to know what our plans are for releasing new OA frontlist books. Here we outline progress so far, and our plans for the next year. 

Plans for OA books in 2021-2022

In late April 2021 we announced our first forthcoming OA monograph to be fully-funded by the programme: Words in Space and Time: Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe by Dr Tomasz Kamusella. Due out in Autumn/Fall 2021, you can read more about the genesis of this work in an interview with the author on our News page.

As of July 2021, through generous library support, we now have funding for three further OA monographs and will be able to announce details of those titles soon.

It is crucial to us and to libraries that there is no chance of ‘double-dipping’ so this does mean there is a slight lead time on being able to give release dates - more on this below. Our distributors require that we announce non-OA books well in advance of the season so right now we’re putting together our Spring/Summer 2022 catalogue. Because we don’t know how much money we’ll have by the Autumn/Fall from the Opening the Future programme we don’t know yet which of the Autumn/Fall books will be OA.

In our original launch plans and Brochure we outlined our aims to publish OA titles as a rolling process: as soon as we have the funds to produce a title we will publish the next one in line, and so on. Our pricing model takes this gradual growth into account.

Avoiding double-dipping

All new frontlist titles will at first be planned as traditionally-sold ‘closed’ books. But as soon as we have accrued enough library support to fund a book, we will change the metadata before any sales are made and our distributors will move the book to an OA status. This will happen well before the book is published: so far, we’ve estimated between 3-4 months.

Feedback from members and other libraries

We’d very much welcome the views of libraries on how long this lead time should be for you, or any other thoughts about how we should be taking care of this aspect of the model. This is still a very new programme and we’re working hard to make sure it is efficient for our library partners - we welcome any suggestions and discussion on how to improve. Contact us on openingthefuture@copim.ac.uk.

Confirmed forthcoming OA books:

Words in Space and Time: Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe

Dr Tomasz Kamusella

The atlas, available Autumn/Fall 2021, offers novel insights into the history and mechanics of Central Europe’s languages as products of human history and a part of culture. It includes forty-two annotated and interactive maps.