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De Gruyter supports the Directory of Open Access Books

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De Gruyter has announced its sponsorship of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), in a sign of its dedication to academic open access.

A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.

On March 22, 2017, De Gruyter has revealed its support for DOAB, to celebrate the launch of its Open Access Books portal. This collection of books in open access is complemented by a roster of open access journals as well as hybrid subscription models for its open access collections.

For the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), this announcement is of great importance, since it comes on the heels of its collaboration with OpenEdition clinched in 2015, to make DOAB available for French-speaking audiences, as the corresponding news item indicates.

As the importance of open access books gathers pace, De Gruyter, as one of the largest publishing houses worldwide, will be adding its publications to the pool of over 10,000 open access books accessible globally. The approximately 900 book titles that are now accessible through the DOAB catalogue are published by both De Gruyter and its publishing partners.

While these open access items are also accessible at the catalogue of De Gruyter’s books in Open Access, this move will increase the discoverability of these books. This is relevant for scholars across different academic fields, as 40 percent of the open access book titles are in humanities and social sciences, such as history and philosophy, circa 10 percent in exact sciences and the remaining 50 percent in other disciplines.

As Dr. Anke Beck, Managing Director, De Gruyter, has indicated, De Gruyter has been active in the field of open access since 2005, which makes it one of the go-to publishing houses for open access book and journal publishing internationally.

This partnership with DOAB will strengthen De Gruyter’s position in the open access community among scholars and research institutions.

by Pablo Markin

Image Credit: Bustling Book Shelves | © Paull Young.

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