Open Access Resource List

Below is a list of resources regarding open access. This list is meant to supplement the posts and discussions taking place on Feeding the Elephant. Readers, please help us grow this list by joining the Feeding the Elephant discussions or Tweeting us using the hashtag #FeedingTheElephant.

Readers should also check out H-Scholar and H-HistBibl networks, which regularly publish content related to open access.

Publishers and Open Access:

Open Access Directory, hosted by the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University

Open Access Toolkit, developed in close collaboration with Springer Nature and the University of Glasgow, with support from the universities of Oxford, Glasgow and Utrecht, and hosted by OAPEN

  • This toolkit aims to help book authors to better understand open access book publishing and to increase trust in open access books. You will be able to find relevant articles on open access book publishing following the research lifecycle, by browsing frequently asked questions or by searching with keywords.

Open Access Book Transformation Project, Göttingen and De Gruyter

Open access monographs, MIT Press

  • Announcement that it had received a major grant from the Arcadia Fund to build a sustainable framework for Open Access monographs

Luminos Open Access, University of California Press

  • University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers, committed to influencing public discourse and challenging the status quo. At a time of dramatic change for scholarship and publishing, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.

Open Access Program, Univeristy of Michigan Press

  • University of Michigan Press has a focus on open access (OA) in order to deliver the best scholarship to the broadest possible audience.

Humanities Open Book, National Endownment for the Humanities

  • A program that allows university presses to offer selected books in open access.

Humanities Digital Library, University of London Press


“Researchers’ Perspectives on the Purpose and Value of the Monograph: Survey Results 2019,” Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press

  • Researchers’ perspectives on the purpose and value of the monograps

The State of Open Monographs, Digital Science, 2019

  • Digital Science has today launched a report on the state of open access monographs. The report addresses the question of how we integrate and value monographs in the increasingly open digital scholarly network.

Articles and Op-Eds:

“Roadblocks to Better Open Access”  by David Crotty, on the Scholarly Kitchen 

  • A discussion on the success of Plan S and the attempt to accelerate the transition of scholarly publishing to open access (OA). 

“The Future of Campus Libraries? ‘Sticky Interdependence,” by Lindsay Ellis, in the Chronicle of Higher Education on a new collaboration among Big Ten university libraries.

  • A discussion of the future of campus libraries.

"The cost of Open Access books: a publisher writes," by Lucy Barnes and Rupert Gatti, Open Book Publishers Blog, May 28, 2020

  • A blog post laying out the costs and revenue of publishing in OA and discussing the business model of Open Book Publishers.

ELPUB Digital Archive

  • An archive of papers presented at the International Conference of Electronic Publishing since 1997; particularly papers on open access and bibliodiversity from 2019.

Digital Initiatives:


  • Fulcrum is a community-based, open source publishing platform that helps publishers present the full richness of their authors' research outputs in a durable, discoverable, accessible and flexible form.


  • Open-source platform for scholarly publishing.

Open Access Week

  • Large online discussion of issues relating to Open Access.

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). A consortium of libraries have joined together  to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

Knowledge Unlatched

  • Knowledge Unlatched (KU) makes scholarly content freely available to everyone and contributes to the further development of the Open Access (OA) infrastructure. 


  • Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online.

Brown University Digital Publications Initiative

  • Brown’s Digital Publications Initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, facilitates the creation and validation of digital scholarly monographs and helps to broker their dissemination through the most suitable venues for publication. 

Open Humanities Press

  • OHP is an international community of scholars, editors and readers with a focus on critical and cultural theory. They have operated as a independent volunteer initiative since 2006, promoting open access scholarship in journals, books and exploring new forms of scholarly communication

Project Muse

  • Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books and journals from several distinguished university presses and scholarly societies. 


  • Offers thousands of open access books for anyone in the world to use.