Brill unlatches 20 open access books
The academic publisher Brill has announced that it has now published 20 fully open access books funded under the Knowledge Unlatched scheme. The scheme’s vision is to create a sustainable and fair business model to produce free and open access books, by sharing the publishing costs amongst participating members. Institutions who take part in the scheme each pay a fee which goes toward the cost of ‘unlatching’ books from the traditional publishing model – whereby each institution would have to buy books separately (and perhaps even purchase multiple hard copies). This represents better value for money as well as ensuring those who cannot afford to pay don’t have to. The scheme also aims to ensure that those who mainly publish monographs aren’t left behind in the move to open access. Brill are just one of 56 publishers who are currently signed up to the scheme, a full list can be found here.
Brill titles in the Knowledge Unlatched collection include:
- Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne, by Cynthia Skenazi 10.1163/9789004255722
- Human Rights and the Environment Philosophical, Theoretical and Legal Perspectives, by L. Hajjar Leib 10.1163/ej.9789004188648.i-182
- Witchcraft, Gender and Society in Early Modern Germany, by J. B. Durrant 10.1163/ej.9789004160934.i-288
All titles published through the Knowledge Unlatched scheme can also be found in the St Andrews Library catalogue