Knowledge Unlatched launches the 2022 funding round, introducing new Open Access collections and innovative pledging options for libraries

"Berlin, May 3rd, 2022: Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the international initiative for Open Access (OA), is pleased to announce the launch of the ninth round of funding today, which has to date helped publish over 3,000 scholarly books and 50 journals OA in a wide range of HSS and STEM fields.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Open Access publishing: Key takeaways

Mirela Roncevic shared a presentation she made for librarians and publishers on the usage of Open Access monographs during the pandemic:

"The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Open Access publishing: Key takeaways," No Shelf Required, March 23, 2022,

Book series: Studies in Digital History and Hermeneutics

Book series of interest:

Studies in Digital History and Hermeneutics, edited by Andreas Fickers, Valérie Schafer, Sean Takats and Gerben Zaagsma (De Gruyter Oldenbourg). ISSN: 2629-4540 | e-ISSN: 2629-4559

Funded by the University of Luxembourg, the series is described as follows by the publisher:

Knowledge Unlatched Announces the Results of 2021 Pledging, Plans to Make Open Access Hundreds of New Books and Journals in 2022

From the Knowledge Unlatched News page (February 8, 2022):

"Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for Open Access (OA) financing models recently acquired by Wiley, is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 pledging round, which ended in December 2021 and saw hundreds of libraries worldwide support KU’s initiatives, including 34 institutions pledging for the first time and several new publishing partners joining the KU community."

Does Open Access Cannibalize Print Sales for Monographs?

A Scholarly Kitchen guest post about a new research project funded by the National Endownment for the Humanities "to empirically review whether the availability of OA editions of university press monographs has a quantifiable effect on the sales performance of print editions."

The Surprising History of Google's Push to Scan Millions of Library Books

"Nearly 20 years ago, Google made an ambitious play to digitize the content of some of the world’s largest research libraries. It seemed like the beginning of a new era, when scholars and the public could make new connections and discoveries in the kind of mass digital library that had previously been the stuff of science fiction. But it soon became clear the actual plan would turn out to be far more controversial than its organizers probably ever imagined.

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