OpenEdition offers the academic community four international-scale publication and information platforms in the humanities and social sciences since 1999: Revues.org, OpenEdition Books, Calenda, and Hypotheses. In 2014, OpenEdition platforms were hosting 400 journals, 1800 books (from 50 university presses), 1000 academic blogs and 28000 scientific programs for a cumulated audience of 48 million visits a year. These four complementary platforms operate as an international electronic publishing framework for academic research and communications. OpenEdition is an infrastructure dedicated to highlight research, publish tens of thousands of academic documents in Open Access. The infrastructure’s mission is to promote Open Access academic electronic publishing, while respecting the publications’ own economic balance. OpenEdition guarantees editorial autonomy and offers perspectives for innovation adapted to digital media.
OpenEdition is run by the Centre for open electronic publishing (CLEO – UMS 3287), a center that brings together the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Université d’Aix-Marseille, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.
It is part of the French national infrastructure BSN (Bibliothèque scientifique numérique) and contributes to the European infrastructure DARIAH.
The CLEO consists of four departments: direction, publishing, academic information, and IT, totaling around 60 persons.
The CLEO promotes the development of electronic publishing in the humanities and social sciences and takes part in the dissemination of scientific knowledge
2. OAPEN FOUNDATION
OAPEN is dedicated to Open Access to scholarly monographs. OAPEN operates two platforms: the OAPEN Library, a platform for hosting, dissemination and. preservation of OA books, and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a discovery service for OA books.
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) was launched in 2008 as a 30-month targeted project co-funded by the EU in its eContentplus-program. The project was conducted by University Presses from six countries, coordinated in the Netherlands by Amsterdam University Press and supported by the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University.
The project was continued in 2011 in the form of OAPEN Foundation, founded by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the University of Leiden (UL), the University library of Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and Amsterdam University Press (AUP). These institutes act as Participants in the foundation. The Foundation received financial support from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Support from abovementioned participants and NWO was renewed in 2014.
3. MAX WEBER STIFTUNG
The Max Weber Foundation is one of the leading agencies supporting German research in the humanities abroad (total budget approx. 40 million euros p. a.). The foundation operates worldwide ten academically autonomous institutes and projects (Beirut, Cairo, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington), which provide a bridge function between the respective host countries and Germany. Being a multi-polar network, the institutes collaborate in the promotion of the internationalisation of the humanities. The Central Office in Bonn supports the administration of the institutes. In addition, it manages several multi-national projects with the institutes and/or external partners:
Due to its decentralized organization the Max Weber Foundation has focused for some time on digital resources, virtual infrastructures, and Open Access strategies:
– Its publication platform perspectivia.net is one of the biggest portals for Open Access publications in the humanities in Germany with an international approach. Currently it hosts 87 digitized volumes containing nearly 1000 articles, 294 journal issues with some thousand articles and reviews, 172 digitized monographs, 28 online-only volumes containing approximately 400 articles, approximately 3300 online-only reviews of nearly 10.000 different authors of whom over 1500 have a personal login to the site to upload or approve their articles.
The Max Weber Stiftung is also providing the community management for the German language portal of the blogging platform Hypotheses containing approximately 300 blogs from nearly 500 researchers and institutions. By providing sufficient resources the Max Weber Foundation fosters transregional exchange in the humanities and offers platforms for its institutes’ research activities and their partners from the SSH-communities in the guest countries/regions
4. EKT-National Hellenic Research Foundation
The National Documentation Centre (ΕΚΤ) is the Greek national institution for documentation, information and support on science, research and technology issues. Founded in 1980, EKT/NHRF is part of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion. EKT/NHRF’s mission is to act as a backbone for the Greek national infrastructure for the development, organization and provision of science and technology content, offering services to the country’s scientific and business community. Examples of services include the National Archive of Doctoral Dissertations, the Serials Union Catalogue of Greek libraries, National Contact Point for FP7 in several subject areas, the co-ordination of the Greek branch of the Enterprise Europe Network, open access ePublishing services for the academic community of the country, SaaS services for open access repositories of scientific and cultural content, and the development of the CRIS systems in the country, through increased participation in euroCRIS. EKT is also currently developing the Greek Reference Index for the Social Sciences and the Humanities (GRISSH) which aims to be the authoritative Greek index and access point for all high quality Greek journals in the SSH (www.grissh.gr alpha version 3/2015)..
The organization is actively involved in current issues regarding open science, and especially open access to scientific publications and research data (content, e-infrastructures, metrics). EKT’s e-infrastructures for research pay a particular focus to the needs of SSH researchers (e.g. the epublishing services, services for a single access point to the metadata of all digitized cultural material in Greece, SaaS repository services etc). It coordinates the project www.pasteur4oa.eu for the development of aligned open access policies throughout Europe; it participates in www.recode.eu that will put forward policy recommendations for open access to research data. It is the National Open Access Desk for the project OpenAIRE. EKT/NHRF developed and maintains the main Greek portal on Open Access (http://openaccess.gr ). EKT is an active member of the Advisory Board of EuroCRIS and develops the country’s CRIS system. Further, it collects and publishes the official Greek statistics on research bibliometrics and the official R&D statistics (http://metrics.ekt.gr ).
More information at http://web.ekt.gr/en
5. Torino University
The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting about 70.000 students, 4.000 academic, administrative and technical staff, 800 post-graduate and post-doctoral students and owning 20 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont, the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and employment. The University of Turin is today one of the largest ltalian Universities, open to international research, projects and training.
In the recent past, the University of Turin has been at the forefront of work in Open Access projects and service provision. In 2013 it enacted an Open Access policy (among the first Universities in Italy). The university engaged both in self-archiving – running an Institutional Repository AperTO since 2005 – and in Open Access publishing: providing the SIRIO@UniTO platform for Open Access journals, which at the moment runs 12 journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences; other 3 journals are on the go.
AEUP is an organisation for university presses across Europe that aims to help build stronger relationships between them, to co-operate and to share knowledge to reach common goals and to jointly address important issues in the current time in publishing.
AEUP was founded in 2010 by a number of university presses. By now the group consists of 22 presses and two patron members, coming from 13 different countries within the European Union.
University presses are strongly linked to and rooted in the academic community. Addressing themselves to their parent institution, they confirm and underline their established value in the process of disseminating scholarly knowledge. Facing huge challenges due to rapid changes in the digital age, AEUP considers international co-operation and networking as crucial for transforming the expertise of university presses into values for the future of scholarly publishing.
Established in 1963 as a private association of Rectors, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) has over time acquired an acknowledged institutional and representative role, as well as a practical capacity to influence the development of the university system through its intense activity of study and experimentation.
Since 2001, the Conference of Italian University Rectors has been flanked in its managerial and executive functions by the CRUI Foundation, which is entrusted with developing projects and services in conformity with the strategies of the Conference of Italian University Rectors.
The CRUI engages in the provision of proposals, consultation, and co-ordination in relation to the key questions and issues of the university system. It is a leading point of reference as regards the questions and needs of academic world as a whole for the Italian Parliament and the Italian Ministry of Education.
The CRUI develops and supports the model of autonomous universities established by the Italian Parliament and together with other European partners, within the framework of the commitments undertaken by Italy in an international context, it is working to build the European Higher Education and Research Area.
Given its acknowledged skills and expertise, the CRUI, thanks to the close integration with CRUI Foundation, develops and organises innovative initiatives and projects for universities; experiments with new models and methodologies that can be adopted by universities; promotes and engages in communication within the university system; manages programmes and services for universities
CNR, the Italian National Research Council will take part in the project with CNR-ILIESI. CNR-ILIESI The Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI) is a CNR institute based in Rome, that conducts research on European philosophical and scientific thought and more generally, the history of ideas. ILIESI has extensive experience in the automatic treatment of texts, particularly in the fields of computational philology and lexicography. ILIESI research also covers fields like collaborative platforms for research in philosophy, multilingual philosophical thesauri, semantic enrichment, domain ontologies, and has been content provider in several European Projects. In 50 years of activity, the Institute has established a large database including philosophical and scientific texts of the 17th and 18th century in several languages and published more than 120 volumes developing one of the most important pieces of research about the vocabularies of philosophical concepts in Europe.
9. Napoli University
The “Federico II” University supports open access through a number of initiatives and encourages its scholars to work toward making their research openly accessible. It supports several journals using the Open Journal Systems platform and e-book series using Open Monograph Press. “Federico II” University requires all PhD students to submit their theses electronically in “Federico II”open Achive (FedOA).
10. Venezia University
The University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice is the first Business School in Italy, since 1868, and one of the most prestigious Italian Universities in Business & Administration, Foreign Languages, History and Humanities, Environmental Sciences and Computer Sciences. Ca’ Foscari is hosting about 20.000 students, with teaching activities of the First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes. Some data: 20.000 students, among which there are: 1.500 international students ; 8.500 new enrolments per year (Bachelor’s + Master’s + Professional Master’s programmes) ; 4.500 graduates per year; 1.200 professors, lecturers, native language teachers and administrative staff. Skills in the fields of teaching, research and innovation are integrated by a wide cultural programme, thanks to a busy calendar of conventions, exhibitions, film, theatre and radio dates, aimed both at Ca’ Foscari community and the entire world.
The University of Ca’ Foscari has been deeply involved in developing Open Access policies and projects. In January 2014 Ca’ Foscari University enacted an Open Access policy, compliant to internal funding policy for researchers, in order to feeding the institutional repository ARCA (more than 20.000 publications). Ca’ Foscari University promote the preservation of cultural heritage by the initiative “Time machine”, devoted to digital archiving and representation of the history of Venice. Engaged both in selfarchiving and in Open Access publishing, Ca’ Foscari University started in 2011 the publishing service “Ca’ Foscari Digital Publishing” to access freely a variety of academic publications.
11 .Georg-August – Universitaet Goettingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts (UGOE)
Göttingen State and University Library (UGOE) is one of the largest libraries in Germany and a leader in the development of digital libraries. UGOE is one of the leading open access institutions and e-Infrastructure innovators in Germany and internationally.
UGOE played a key role in leading the networking activities in the EC-funded DRIVER project (2005-2009), building the digital repository infrastructure for Europe. UGOE acts as Scientific Coordinator of the EU-funded OpenAIRE (2009-2012, www.openaire.eu) and its continuation project OpenAIREplus (2011-2014), which have built up an infrastructure and support network for the implementation of the European Commission’s open access policies across 32 European countries and aims to widen its scope by connecting publications to contextual information, such as research data. Since 2003 UGOE runs a dedicated open access press, Göttingen University press, and hosts the international Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR, www.coar-repositories.org), a not-for-profit association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. Moreover, UGOE contributed to the project PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research, www.peerproject.eu), which investigated the effects of the large-scale self-archiving on access, visibility and journal viability, and the OAPEN project (Open Access Publishing in European Networks, www.oapen.org), which explored financing models and effects on visibility and usage of open access books, and built up the OAPEN Library. Since 2009 UGOE has been operating a publication fund for ‘gold’ open access publishing and supports researchers through institutional electronic publishing services.
Nationally, UGOE also hosts the secretariat of DINI (German Initiative for Networked Information) and contributes to the development of the DINI guidelines “Certificate for Document and Publication Services”. Moreover, UGOE coordinates open-access.net, a national information platform on open access (all information also available in English), which reaches out to expand over the German-speaking regions.
UGOE establishes dedicated research environments for the humanities in national, European and ESFRI activities; notably, it held the management (together with France) and technical coordination (together with Austria) within the construction phase of the ESFRI project DARIAH, resulting in the ERIC DARIAH-EU. These and other projects address organizational and technical aspects such as virtual research environments and research infrastructures for scientific data (e-Research), research data management, data curation and long-term preservation (e.g. PERICLES, German Federation for the Curation of Biological Data). Via the University press, UGOE is either associated or networked to publishing associations such as AEUP, OASPA, OAPEN library, the working group of German-speaking university presses and the US-based Library Publishing Coalition.
UGOE have been active in a number of open access and open access publishing related projects, namely:
- Medianconomy – Internet economy of scholarly communication (BMBF, 2003-2007)
- IPOA – Joint setup and hosting of the German information platform on Open Access (DFG, 2006 – 2007, running since)
- DRIVER II – Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (FP7, 2007-2009)
- OAPEN – Open Access Publishing in European Networks (FP7, 2008 – 2011)
- PEER – Publishing and the Ecology of European Research (FP7, 2008-2012)
- OpenAIRE – Open Access Infrastructure Research for Europe (FP7, 2009-2012)
- OpenAIREplus – 2nd Open Access Infrastructure Research for Europe (FP7. 2011-2014)
- FOSTER – Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (2014-2016), which is coordinated by UMinho.
- OpenAIRE2020 – 3rd Open Access Infrastructure Research for Europe (Horizon2020, 2015-2018))
12. Knowledge Unlatched
Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is a not-for-profit company registered in England, United Kingdom as a Community Interest Company C.I.C (8147371) that is working to implement a collaborative business model that enables libraries, via Knowledge Unlatched, to support the publishing of monographs via existing publishers (especially university presses) by paying for the fixed publication costs in exchange for the books being issued on an Open Access licence.
Knowledge Unlatched works collaboratively with a number of organisations and has nearly 300 charter member libraries in 24 countries. KU not only works towards opening up access to humanities and social science research monographs it also acts as an advocacy network supporting other OA initiatives around the world.
13. Open Library of Humanities
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.
The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.
All of our academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship we publish showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines today – from classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, to political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and new media studies, and digital humanities. Our articles benefit from the latest advances in online journal publishing – with high-quality presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, strong discoverability and easy-to-share social media buttons.
Our mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities – for free, for everyone, for ever.
14. Open Book Publishers
At Open Book Publishers we are changing the nature of the traditional academic book. Our books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via our website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. We are proud to say that our free online books are currently being accessed by thousands of readers each month in over 207 countries.
In addition, our digital publishing model allows us to extend our books well beyond the printed page. We are creating interactive books, and works that incorporate moving images, links and sound into the fabric of the text. More traditional titles are equipped with digital resources freely available on our website, including extra chapters, reviews, links and image galleries — these can be found on the individual product page for each book.
Open Book Publishers was founded in 2008 by a small group of academics at the University of Cambridge. Since then, we have grown into an international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible. We are a UK registered Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company (CIC), company registration 6707027, and our Annual Accounts are available from UK Companies House.
15. Ubiquity Press
Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals and books. Our flexible publishing model makes journals and books affordable, and enables researchers around the world to find and access the information they need, without barriers. The following gives an overview of how we work. More information can be found in a recent interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Open Access Ahoy: An Interview with Ubiquity Press”.
16. University of Zadar (Information Science Department)
For more than a decade the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Zadar is very active in promoting the idea of free and unrestricted access to research results and academic works. Our staff members are involved in a number of national infrastructural projects like HRCAK (Portal of Croatian scientific journals) and CROSBI (Crotian scientific bibliography), our international projects and initiatives like in OpenAIRE, an EC-funded initiative with 50 partners which aims to support the Open Access policy of the European Commission via a technical infrastructure, and TD COST Action TD1306 New Frontiers of Peer Review (PEERE). The University of Zadar encourages its academics to publish their research in open access. All journals published by different University departments are freely available on the web. The University Library has established an institutional repository on the national digital archive and repository DABAR and in the meantime offers advice and support for students, teachers and researchers in helping them publish their works under free access conditions.
17. ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, it plays a major role in educating qualified specialists and personnel, whose cultural, scientific and technical skills enable them to contribute to sustainable development both at the national and the global level. The strategic objectives of ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa are: innovation, quality, internationalization and development of an entrepreneurial culture.
While preserving its public university nature, ISCTE – IUL opted the Foundation Regime in 2009, the latter prescribing management according to private law.
With approximately 9000 students enrolled in undergraduate (54%) and postgraduate (46%) programs, 280 teachers and 240 non-teaching staff, ISCTE – IUL is proud to be one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. Facing high demand, the student vacancies at the ISCTE – IUL have always been fully occupied.
ISCTE – IUL encourages students to fully exploit their potential, to develop their capability for initiative and flexibility and to complement their academic education with international experience, enabling them with the necessary skills to adapt to the needs of the global labour market. ISCTE – IUL demonstrates a high rate of graduates’ employability and achieves the 100% rate in most of the courses. Its former students currently occupy positions of high responsibility in private companies, public institutions and governmental entities, which confirms not only the prestige of our institution, but also its teaching quality.
ISCTE – IUL is a research university, with eight research centers highly evaluated by the Foundation for Science and Technology.
At community service level, the scholars and graduates of the ISCTE – IUL have contributed to establishing multiple connections with private companies and public and civil society organizations.
One of the most outstanding examples is INDEG-ISCTE Executive Education, which deploys activities of strong public recognition in the domains of executive educationand community service in the areas of its jurisdiction.
In the domain of entrepreneurship, AUDAX-ISCTE Entrepreneurship & Innovation is nowadays a national reference as it has developed partnerships with several local authorities, business associations, COTEC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
IPPS-ISCTE Public & Nonprofit Education is directed towards the creation, transmission and transference of scientific and technical knowledge aimed at the generation of economic, social and cultural value for the society, so as to contribute towards the promotion of high quality in the management and development of public institutions and non-governmental organizations.
18. Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe
- to contribute to a deeper understanding of the European integration process from a historical, legal, political and economic perspective;
- to develop an open digital ecosystem for European integration studies using innovative ICT technologies.
To achieve this mission, the CVCE is developing a dedicated digital research infrastructure on European integration (CVCE.eu).
Within its research infrastructure, the CVCE creates and disseminates digital publications and enhanced research data on the European integration process, and develops innovative ICT-based tools and services for its user communities.
The Centre builds a dedicated collaborative space used by researchers in European studies and digital humanities as well as experts in information management, multimedia production, digital editing and digital publishing thus crossing disciplinary and sectorial boundaries. This innovative, integrated approach enables the exploration of new research questions and the development of new analysis and publication methods whilst at the same time creating a robust, reliable and sustainable research infrastructure. It gives the CVCE a unique position at national and international level.
Through its work on the digital research infrastructure CVCE.eu, the Centre is able to address societal challenges in Luxembourg and Europe in two fields with a high development potential :
- Research into the European integration process, its successes and crises, in a bid to achieve a deeper understanding and shed new light on its past, present and future prospects
- Harnessing the potential of the rapidly developing information and knowledge society at both scientific and societal level
Our target groups and our partners
The CVCE’s research is geared towards the research and teaching communities and is accessible to society at large.
We adopt a collaborative approach for our work. We are therefore involved in various consortiums, particularly for European research programmes, and we also develop national and international partnerships, host visiting researchers and interact with user communities in the fields of research and teaching.
19. UCL Press
UCL Press is the first fully Open Access University Press in the UK. It seeks to use modern technologies and 21st-century means of publishing/dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of research outputs. Grounded in the Open Science/Open Scholarship agenda, UCL Press will seek to make its published outputs available to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle global Grand Challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger.
What we publish
UCL Press focuses its publishing activity on scholarly monographs, scholarly editions, textbooks, edited collections and journals.
The vision of the UCL Press is to combine responsiveness, innovation and quality publishing to become one of the leading academic publishers in the world, and the Open Access publisher of choice for authors, editors and readers.
- To provide innovative platforms for the dissemination of cutting-edge research outputs
- To embed and explore Open Access approaches as the principal means of dissemination for academic work in a digital world
- To explore the relationship between texts and readers through innovation in modes of publishing
- To promote the integration of research and education in the outputs of the Press
- To help outputs obtain and sustain global outreach and impact
- To extend public engagement with research and activity, ensuring wider and deeper impact
- To represent the full spectrum of academic research interests, across all disciplines
- To support early career researchers and first book publishing
- To support the field of academic publishing, through practice, training, and research
To perform this mission, Huma-Num is built on an original organisation. It organises a collective dialogue with communities via consortia accredited by Huma-Num and provides a technological infrastructure on a national and European scale based on a vast network of partners and operators.
Through consortia of actors in scientific communities, Huma-Num favors the coordination of the collective production of corpora of sources (scientific recommendations, technological best practices). It also provides research teams in the Human and Social sciences with a range of utilities to facilitate the processing, access, storage and interoperability of various types of digital data. This set of shared services comprises the provision of a Grid of services, a platform for the unified access to data (ISIDORE) and long-term archival facilities.
Huma-Num also produces technical Guides to Good Practice for researchers, and can, on occasion, conduct expertise and training initiatives.
Huma-Num coordinates the participation of France in DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities);
Huma-Num is supported by the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), the University of Aix-Marseille and the Campus Condorcet.