Celebrate Open Access Week by delving into the OAPEN Library ebook collection! We’ve added records to the library catalog for over 21,000 titles.
The OAPEN Library is administered by the OAPEN Foundation (Open Access Publishing in European Networks), which is a non-profit organization. Participating publishers must be “predominantly academic” with transparent and high standards for peer review. The USF community has unlimited and permanent access to read and download OAPEN Library resources.
Approximately six percent of the OAPEN Library have only a portion of the chapters available as open access. If you don’t see the Download and PDF Viewer buttons, you’ll see only the available chapters on the main book page.
OAPEN exemplifies the goals of open access. Pooled financial support pays the publishing costs, making the books free of charge to readers. Because OAPEN is making the resources more widely discoverable and preserving them for long-term use, they are connecting more authors and readers. When you use these books in your research, you contribute to the “testing and validation” of the findings, thus improving research overall. (Crawford, 2011, pp. 3–5, who credits and paraphrases some of Suber, 2008)
Please note the license on each title. It will tell you what is allowed, including whether you can create derivative works and use the information for commercial uses (for money).
The most recent titles include:
- African identities and international politics by Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere (Routledge)
- Conceptions of time in Greek and Roman antiquity edited by Richard Faure, Arnaud Zucker, and Simon-Pierre Valli (De Gruyter)
- Bias, belief, and conviction in an age of fake facts edited by Anke Finger and Manuela Wagner (Routledge)
- Risk management maturity: a multidimensional model by Sylwia Bąk and Piotr Jedynak (Routledge)
- A civil society: the public space of Freemason women in France, 1744-1944 by James Smith Allen (University of Nebraska)
- Abrahamic reflections on randomness and providence by Kelly James Clark (Springer)
- Abruptly Dogen by Kidder Smith (Punctum Books)
- Access to medicines and vaccines: implementing flexibilities under intellectual property law edited by Carlos M. Correa and Reto M. Hilty (Springer)
- Accidental holy land: the Communist revolution in Northwest China by Joseph W. Esherick (University of California Press)
- Ageing masculinities, Alzheimer’s and dementia narratives edited by Heike Hartung, Rüdiger Kunow and Matthew Swene (Bloomsbury Publishing)
And for your Halloween enjoyment, one of the most popular titles in the OAPEN Library:
Frankenstein: annotated for scientists, engineers, and creators of all kinds original text by Mary Shelley, edited by Ed Finn, David Guston, and Jason Scott Robert (MIT Press)
Searching for the title “OAPEN Library” in the library catalog will retrieve the first 10,000 titles (here sorted by newest date first).
To narrow results, try an advanced search with title = OAPEN Library and a keyword or subject of your choice. You can also select specific languages.
Read more about Open Access in a libguide written by Nicola Andrews, Gleeson Open Educational Resources Librarian, and in this week’s blog post, Why Open Access Matters for Students, by Maggie Grabmeier, Gleeson Instruction and Outreach intern.
Crawford, W. (2011). Open Access : What You Need to Know Now. Chicago: ALA Editions. [Ironically, not open access. — jw]
Suber, P. (2008, June 2). Open access and the self-correction of knowledge. SPARC Open Access Newsletter.