W – “Open Access Publishing in European Networks”

The European Commission announced that the proposal from Amsterdam University Press together with five European University Presses within the/ e/Content/plus/ Programme, has been selected for negotiations on funding.
OAPEN intends to develop and implement an Open Access publication model for peer reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
This will also serve as a model in other scientific domains and improve the spread of European research results.
The project aims to achieve a sustainable European approach to improve the quantity, visibility and usability of high quality academic research and foster the creation of new content by developing future-oriented publishing solutions, including an Online Library.
OAPEN addresses the needs of small to medium enterprises and not-for-profit publishers and seeks to offer solutions to both publishers and others stakeholders, such as authors, libraries, research funding bodies, and policy makers.
The project is the first of its kind and, if funded, is intended to start in September 2008.

From Press release, 12-02-2008

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