OPERAS CORE GROUP
Jisc is a not-for-profit providing the UK’s national research and education network, Janet, and technology solutions for its members – colleges, universities and research centres. It is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.
Jisc does three main things for its members:
- Operates and develops the super-fast and secure Janet Network and its built-in cyber security protection.
- Helps save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers.
- Provides trusted advice and practical assistance on digital technology.
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.
For more information visit: jisc.ac.uk
OAPEN is dedicated to open access to scholarly monographs. The foundation operates 2 platforms: the OAPEN Library, a platform for hosting, dissemination and preservation of open access books, and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a discovery service for Open Access books. OAPEN 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 6 countries, coordinated in the Netherlands by Amsterdam University Press (AUP) and supported by the University of Amsterdam (Uva) and the University of Leiden (UL). The project was continued in 2011 as the OAPEN Foundation, founded by AUP, UL, University Library of Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and 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.
For more information visit: oapen.org
OpenEdition offers the academic community 4 international-scale publication and information platforms in the SSH since 1999: OpenEdition Journals, OpenEdition Books, Calenda, and Hypotheses. These 4 complementary platforms operate as an international electronic publishing framework for academic research and communications. OpenEdition is an infrastructure promoting 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 OpenEdition Center (USR 2004), a non-profit public initiative, with the support of the main French research institutions.
For more information visit: openedition.org
University of Coimbra
UC Digitalis is a global project of the University of Coimbra for the collection, valuation and dissemination of digital contents. It aims to place knowledge transfer dynamics at the service of economic, social and cultural development, thereby intensifying the University’s links with the community at national and international level. It is particularly distinctive of UC Digitalis that it is designed to promote and boost the editorial status of the science produced in the Portuguese-speaking world. It hosts the digital libraries ALMA MATER, POMBALINA and IMPACTUM, comprising almost 25,000 documents (mainly books, book chapters and articles).
For more information visit: digitalis.uc.pt
University of Turin (UniTo)
UniTo is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting about 70.000 students, 4.000 academic and technical staff, 800 post-doctoral students, it promotes culture and produces research, innovation, training and employment. It is today one of the largest Italian universities, open to international research, projects and training. It has been at the forefront in Open Access projects, enacting in 2013 its Open Access policy, among the first universities in Italy. The university runs an Institutional Repository (AperTO) and a publishing platform (SIRIO@UniTO) for Open Access journals. The Rector is strongly supportive to an Open Science approach.
For more information visit: unito.it
University of Zadar
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), their 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.
For more information visit: unizd.hr/cimmar/InvolvedDepartments/DepartmentofInformationSciences
Max Weber Stiftung (MWS)
MWS is one of the leading agencies supporting German research in the humanities abroad. It is a legal entity closely linked to the German Federal Government located in Bonn. It comprises 10 humanities research institutes around the world, which provide a bridge function between the host nations and Germany and play an important role in the international science scene. Being a multi-polar network, the institutes collaborate in the promotion of the internationalization of science. The foundation’s goal is to promote research with a focus on history, culture, economic and social sciences in selected countries and a mutual understanding between Germany and the host countries.
For more information visit: maxweberstiftung.de
National Documentation Centre (EKT/NHRF)
EKT was founded in 1980 and is part of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF). EKT acts as the 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. EKT’s e-infrastructures for research pay a particular focus to the needs of SSH researchers through the development of services like the ePublishing platform and the Greek Reference Index for the SSH. EKT is also actively involved in the promotion and support of open access and open science policies and related infrastructures.
For more information visit: ekt.gr
The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN)
The Publishing House of IBL PAN was established in 1990 and since then has published more than 500 titles. The books published by the Institute are addressed to both specialists – like literary scholars, critics, Polish philology teachers – and people interested in the wider humanities. We also publish three scientific journals which are available in open access after a year from publication date. We are planning to disseminate our books in cooperation with OpenEdition. IBL PAN manages two electronic platforms for dissemination of research results and scholarly communication: New Panorama of Polish Literature and Polish Studies Newsletter – a joint undertaking of over twenty departments of Polish philology at Polish universities. At the moment they are both available in Polish only but we plan to expand.
For more information visit: ibl.waw.pl
OPERAS ORDINARY MEMBERS
Association of European University Presses (AEUP)
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 EU.
For more information visit: aeup.eu
Associazione Italiana per la promozione della scienza aperta (AISA)
AISA is a non-profit organization that undertakes to advance open access to knowledge. Its mission is to disseminate a culture of Open Science; publish studies on the implementation of Open Science principles; provide staff training programs to promote Open Science practices in universities and research centres which have embraced its principles; engage cooperation through networking with legal entities involved in the promotion of Open Science; promote participation in research projects and grant applications linked to the association’s mission; and raise awareness among decision makers, both Italian and European, to promote Open Science in research assessment and intellectual property policies.
For more information visit: aisa.sp.unipi.it
Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI)
The CRUI is the association of the state and private universities. Established in 1963 as a private association of 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 CRUI 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.
For more information visit: crui.it
Georg-August-University Göttingen (UGOE)
Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) 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 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.
For more information visit: uni-goettingen.de
Huma-Num is a Very Large Facility which aims to facilitate the digital turn in the SSH. 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.
For more information visit: huma-num.fr
Hypothesis is a non-profit software company focused on enabling humans to reason more effectively together through a shared, collaborative discussion layer over all knowledge. Hypothesis is working with publishers, platform hosts, and technology partners to create an interoperable standards-based annotation layer and workflow solution to support the research life cycle.
For more information visit: web.hypothes.is
Italian National Research Council (CNR)
CNR takes part in OPERAS with 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.
For more information visit: cnr.it
Knowledge Unlatched (KU)
Knowledge Unlatched works to implement a collaborative business model that enables libraries 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. KU works collaboratively with a number of organisations including over 400 libraries in 25 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.
For more information visit: knowledgeunlatched.org
KU Research is an independent arm of Knowledge Unlatched and is committed to working with the research, publication and library communities to create open, sustainable and inclusive scholarly communications for the humanities and social sciences globally through: generating new knowledge about open access and its role; creating new tools to exploit the potential of networked digital technologies; and practical interventions in scholarly communication systems.
For more information visit: knowledgeunlatched.org
Lexis Compagnia Editoriale in Torino is an Italian company active since 1988, providing advanced publishing services to a variety of private and public customers, with a focus on digital technologies and processes. In recent years it took over the direct management of academic and non-fiction brands (Rosenberg & Sellier, Celid, Accademia University Press, Kermes), adopting and/or experimenting open access policies in its publishing projects. It is partner in Italy of OpenEdition.
For more information visit: www.lexis.srl
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)
C2DH is a research centre of the highest academic excellence for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary Luxembourgish and European history. It aims to perform as a key player in three interrelated fields of interest. First, as a national platform for the critical discussion and academic study of questions related to the contemporary history of Luxembourg from a transnational perspective. Second, as an international hub for reflection on the methodological and epistemological challenges of history in the digital age. Third, as a local mediator in the promotion of multimodal and digital literacy in academic research and teaching at the University of Luxembourg.
For more information visit: c2dh.uni.lu
Linguistics in Open Access (LingOA)
LingOA facilitates the transition of prestigious subscription journals in linguistics to Fair Open Access. LingOA will work with any publisher who complies with the Fair Open Access Principles: Journals are scholar-owned, authors retain copyright, all articles are published in Open Access, authors do not pay for Article Processing Charges (APCs), APCs are low and transparent. LingOA guarantees payment of the APCs of the articles published in LingOA journals during a transition period of five years. Long-term sustainability after the transition period is provided by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) through its consortial library funding model.
For more information visit: lingoa.eu
Napoli University Federico II
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).
For more information visit: unina.it
NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities
FCSH is the largest Portuguese Higher Education and Research institution in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities. It pursues teaching and research excellence in those areas, both at the national and international levels; a clear commitment to innovation and interdisciplinarity; the creation, development and dissemination of a humanistic spirit; and the provision of services to the community in its areas of expertise. 13 of the Research Units and branches of cross-University centres hosted at FCSH are financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, including 5 which are ranked as “Excellent” and 7 as “Very Good”.
For more information visit: fcsh.unl.pt
Open Book Publishers
Open Book Publishers’ books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via their website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. Their free online books are currently being accessed by thousands of readers each month in over 207 countries. In addition, their digital publishing model allows them to extend their books well beyond the printed page. They 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 their website, including extra chapters, reviews, links and image galleries — these can be found on the individual product page for each book.
For more information visit: openbookpublishers.com
Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
The OLH is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). They are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined them in their 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.
For more information visit: openlibhums.org
Quality Open Access Market (QOAM)
QOAM is an academic market place for OA publishing. Quality judgment of the journals is based on academic crowd sourcing, price information includes institutional memberships and licenses. With 24.000 journals and over 8500 scorecards, QOAM’s proof of concept is demonstrated. QOAM covers all journals which publish articles in open access. As such it is multidisciplinary. But disciplinary partitioning is dead simple. Specific market places in QOAM (e.g. for our OPERAS partner LingOA) have already been set up and libraries or others could easily define and maintain specific HSS QOAMcorners for their own clientele.
For more information visit: qoam.eu
Roma Tre University
The Roma TrE-Press project starts in the year 2013 within the activities of the Library System of the Roma Tre University.
The first Series and Periodicals are launched. Since its beginning the project follows the full “Open Access” model, with digital academic publications available on-line to everybody, anytime, anywhere.
The reasons are common to other European academic institutions. Academic research is financed through public funds. It is therefore necessary that its results should be accessible to everyone, without burdensome and expensive intermediations. This is made possible by digital technologies and falls within the “Third Mission” of universities to disseminate among the public at large its products both educational and scientific. But it is also a necessity, in order to reduce its costs owing to the increasing budgetary cuts.
In its first five years the Roma TrE-Press publishes nearly 100 volumes. The growing demand by university researchers, the success of the initiative (over 150,000 downloads) prompts, in 2018, the Roma Tre University to entrust its e-press activity to the newly born Roma TrE-Education Foundation whose main mission is that of promoting e-learning.
The guidelines of the Roma TrE-Press are:
- Full autonomy of the University Departments in deciding what should be published, with a strong recommendation to follow the best practices in use within each discipline in order to ensure the quality of the editorial products (in the first place: peer-review).
- Openness towards other academic institutions and authors belonging to other universities, in order to ensure a network of quality scientific products in Open Access.
- Great attention to the design of the covers and of the layout of the volumes. Roma TrE-Press believes that a book, even when digitalized, is still the product of an aesthetical and artistic project.
- Promotion of the Open Access movement in order to involve other Italian and European universities. Roma TrE-Press has always in mind Article 9 of the Italian Constitution: “ The Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research”.
For more information visit: http://romatrepress.uniroma3.it/
Stockholm University Library
Stockholm University was founded in 1878 with the ambition to reinvent higher education in Sweden. From the beginning, close contact with the wider world as well as the active exchange of knowledge and experience have been integral to this vision. With a global perspective and through partnerships with others, Stockholm University contributes to the development of knowledge. Education and research within human science and science in the international frontline, as well as interdisciplinary work, make this possible. We make knowledge accessible to everyone through dialogue and participation in public debate and the development of society.
The Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of
Sciences and Arts / Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti (ZRC SAZU)
ZRC SAZU consists of 18 research units or institutes throughout Slovenia. It has more than 300 employees, roughly 250 of whom are researchers. ZRC SAZU conducts basic research across a range of fields, including natural, earth, and spatial sciences, and the social sciences and humanities. In terms of applied research, the expertise of the ZRC SAZU institutes has, among others, direct application in lexicrography and the creation of Slovenian monolingual dictionaries. The Založba ZRC / ZRC Publishing House, a consituent part of ZRC SAZU, publishes more than 50 book series and fourteen journals. Most of the journals and books are available in an open access format.
For more information visit: zrc-sazu.si/en
Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals and books. Their flexible publishing model makes journals and books affordable, and enables researchers around the world to find and access the information they need, without barriers.
For more information visit: ubiquitypress.com
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. 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.
For more information visit: ucl.ac.uk
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
With its 16000 students and 3400 staff, UiT is the third largest university in Norway. UiT is an active supporter of Open Access and the University Library has a mission to promote OA at the whole university by giving advocacy talks and by leading various OA initiatives: running the open institutional repository and the university’s publishing service for OA journals, organizing a yearly international conference on scholarly publishing and OA, developing the university’s OA policy, administering UiT’s fund for OA publications and supporting alternative business models in OA publishing.
For more information visit: uit.no
University Ca’Foscari Venice
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.
For more information visit: unive.it
University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL)
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 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.
For more information visit: www.iscte-iul.pt
University of Liège
For more information visit: ulg.ac.be
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts at University of Ljubljana has a long tradition of publishing scientific and professional publications, university textbooks, and various language manuals. The publishing activities of all organisational units and departments are joined under Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete (ZZFF), i.e. the Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts, which through its activities supports the basic mission of the Faculty – the development and dissemination of knowledge that is the subject of cognitive processes and the encouragement of the critical and creative thinking that defines humans as thinking beings. With regard to the number of publications (over 70 per year), Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts is one of the biggest publishers of academic literature in the field of the humanities and social sciences in Central Europe. In the spirit of open science, they edit two web portals, Journals of Faculty of Arts, where all articles of their 14 scientific journals are accessible (more than 6.500 articles), as well as the portal E-books – Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts (more than 100 e-books since 2018).
For more information visit: ff.uni-lj.si/an
University of Milan
The University of Milan is a public, multidisciplinary teaching and research institution. A leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in Lombardy, with approximately 64,000 students. The University of Milan supports open access to scientific publications through its institutional repository air.unimi.it and its journal platform riviste.unimi.it. The university participates in several open access initiatives: DOAJ, OPEN APC, DARTEurope, OpenAIRE, Pubmed Linkout, LERU Law Portal.
For more information visit: unimi.it
University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre (SRCE)
SRCE is the main computing centre, the coordinator and central Croatian institution for development and maintenance of the modern research and educational e-infrastructure, as well as the centre for education and support in the area of ICT application covering both the University of Zagreb and the whole research and higher education system in Croatia. SRCE strongly supports different aspects Open Access by implementing, maintaining and developing open digital archives and data services. SRCE has implemented several open digital archives such as HRCAK (Portal of Croatian scientific journals), Croatian Repositores and Archives Aggregator (ARA) and Digital Academic Archives and Repositories (DABAR).
For more information visit: srce.unizg.hr
OPERAS INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
Public Knowledge Project (PKP)
Founded in 1998, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and open source software development initiative that seeks to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Its Open Journal Systems (OJS) software is used by over 10,000 journals around the world to increase the efficiency of their production and reduce the cost of publication. Other PKP applications include Open Monograph Press (OMP) for books, Open Conference Systems (OCS) for conferences, and current work on an open source preprint server system. Recent research explores collaborative funding models for open access and investigations into copyright history and reform.
For more information visit: pkp.sfu.ca
SciELO is a 19-year-old international cooperation program on scholarly communication. It is implemented through a network of national collections of open access peer reviewed journals covering 15 countries: 12 from Latin America, as well as from South Africa, Portugal and Spain. The SciELO network indexes, publishes and interoperates about 1.000 journals from all major scientific areas, including 427 journals for the Social Sciences and Humanities. The network also publishes over 12.000 new articles in this field annually.
For more information visit: scielo.org