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A New, Collective Action Open Access Business Model for Scholarly Books

Direct to Open harnesses collective action to support open access to excellent scholarship. Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, in close collaboration with the library community, the model will:

  • Open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections (~90 titles per year) from 2022 via recurring participation fees.
  • Provide participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,300 titles), which will otherwise remain gated. Participating libraries will receive access even if the model is not successful.
  • Cover partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase.

 
The MIT Libraries are providing support for D2O as a major sponsor in the first year. Their generous contribution will allow us to reduce costs for smaller institutions.

Commit by September 30, 2021

By participating in Direct to Open, libraries have an opportunity to shift from buying digital monographs from the MIT Press once for a single collection to funding them “once for the world.” Together, we can make knowledge more open and accessible. Libraries must commit by September 30, 2021, to receive exclusive participation benefits.

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“The D2O model is the kind of bold experiment that university presses and research libraries ought to be working on together to shape the emerging academic publishing ecosystem. D2O represents an opportunity in the current moment to reconstitute institutional relationships among mission aligned organizations, such as university presses and research libraries, to create an open knowledge commons. It is exactly the opportunity libraries should be supporting.”

—Greg Eow, President of the Center for Research Libraries and member of the MIT Press Management Board

Supporter Benefits

Participating libraries will receive term access to the backlist/archives (~2,300 titles) even if the model is not successful. These archives will otherwise remain gated. D2O libraries will also receive discounting on the MIT Press Trade eBooks Collection on Direct.

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Equitable and Dynamic Participation Fees

Our participation fees take into account library type, size, and collections budget. The fees are also dynamic. If total participation exceeds our financial goal at the end of the commitment period, the Press will reduce the fees for all participating libraries.

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Model Design

Direct to Open is designed to increase our chances of success and open as much scholarly book content as possible. Libraries may choose to to support one of two smaller subject collections or the complete collection. It is also meant to be shared and scaled.

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Books of the Highest Scholarly Standard from a Leading University Press

Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design. MIT Press publications are known for their intellectual daring, scholarly standards, interdisciplinary focus, and distinctive design.

Participating libraries will not only open access to new scholarly works by established and rising scholars, but also gain term access to an archive including classic works from luminaries such as Rosalind Krauss, Daniel Dennett, Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, Sherry Turkle, and many more.

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