About DOAB

Purpose of DOAB

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of open access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their open access books to DOAB. DOAB is an open infrastructure committed to open science. It runs on the open source DSpace 6 platform. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in open access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in open access and meet academic standards.

Who is responsible for DOAB

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) was established by OAPEN Foundation in 2012, in close cooperation with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) & SemperTool.

The Directory of Open Access Books is a service of DOAB Foundation. DOAB Foundation is a non-profit legal entity under Dutch law (‘stichting’), established by OAPEN Foundation and OpenEdition. The Foundation is based at the National Library in The Hague. Key developments and updates for DOAB are included in the OAPEN stakeholder report made available once per annum in coordination with OpenEdition.

Executive Board:

  • Pierre Mounier (Associate Director of OpenEdition and coordinator (community) of OPERAS)
  • Niels Stern (Director of OAPEN Foundation)

Supervisory Board:

  • Neil Jacobs - Chair (UK Research and Innovation)
  • Bas Savenije (OAPEN Foundation)
  • Lionel Maurel (CNRS)
  • Charles Watkinson (University of Michigan)
  • Fabien Borget (Aix-Marseille University)

DOAB Stakeholder Committee

DOAB members are part of the DOAB Stakeholder Committee which meets on an annual basis. Through the DOAB Stakeholder Committee, members can advise the Executive Board on overall policy and strategic directions for DOAB, further shaping DOAB and its development.