Announcing the official launch of the Directory of Open Access Books

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) will officially launch at the Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference in the British Library on 1 July 2013. DOAB will be launched by Bas Savenije, Chairman of the Board of the OAPEN Foundation and Director General of the Dutch National Library. In advance of the official launch, DOAB is extremely pleased to present its first distinguished sponsors:

Brill & Springer

Founded in 1683, Brill is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. The company’s head office is in Leiden, (The Netherlands) with a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Brill’s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences. In 2009 Brill started the Brill Open service for its journal portfolio, followed in 2010 by the first Open Access books on OAPEN.

“Scholarly quality is essential to the success and sustainability of academic book publishing”, says Sam Bruinsma, Brill’s Vice President Business Development. “and DOAB will play a key role in the discovery and access of high quality Open Access books.”

SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 127 peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science ranging from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, the interdisciplinary open access journal that covers all disciplines. In August 2012, Springer expanded their offering to open access books due to the growing demand for open access and the success of the SpringerOpen journals, published under the SpringerOpen brand they complement the established open access journal portfolio.

“SpringerOpen books give authors the opportunity to publish OA with the same high standards they have come to expect from Springer from traditional books,” says Veronika Spinka, SpringerOpen Books Manager at Springer. “The main discovery service for OA books, the DOAB, helps our authors to further increase the visibility and findablity of their SpringerOpen books.”