Knowledge Unlatched

University of Michigan Press honored for innovation and community leadership

by Charles Watkinson February 2, 2018

The University of Michigan Press is one of three publishers listed as finalists for the UP Redux Award, to be awarded at the University Press Redux Conference hosted by UCL Press and the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (APLSP) in London, UK, on February 13-14, 2018. The UP Redux award recognises an individual, team or press that has made an outstanding contribution to university press publishing through innovation, providing inspiration and visibility for the sector as a whole, and challenging university presses to rethink or evolve their practice. Being a finalist means that UMP has been nominated multiple times by its international peers. Our […]

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Open Access eBooks on JSTOR, Courtesy of Knowledge Unlatched

by Charles Watkinson December 20, 2016

University of Michigan Press is proud to be one of the first publishers to make open access books available in the new “Open Access eBooks on JSTOR” program. In this new program a publisher pays JSTOR a per-title fee to include their OA titles on the JSTOR platform. The fee covers JSTOR’s processing costs and compensates for the fact that client libraries will not be charged for these works. Since we’ve heard some confusion among library colleagues, it’s important to emphasize that the “Open Access eBooks on JSTOR” program is purely a distribution deal. The only way a publisher can […]

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UMP to make Open Access books available on JSTOR

by Charles Watkinson October 6, 2016

In late October 2016 JSTOR will be launching an Open Access program, with titles from University of California Press, UCL Press, University of Michigan Press, and Cornell University Press. University of Michigan Press believes that integrating Open Access monographs with other types of content on JSTOR’s highly used platform, and making records available in library catalogs and discovery services, will increase the usage and impact of these resources. In addition, long-term preservation of the Open Access titles is assured by Portico. “The titles we will initially be including in JSTOR Open are those that libraries participating in the Knowledge Unlatched […]

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Lever Press and Knowledge Unlatched: Two Paths to a Common Goal

by Charles Watkinson November 16, 2015

The University of Michigan’s recent involvement in a study into the implications of moving to a producer-pays model of open access monograph publication highlighted the importance of never making publishing decisions based on an author’s ability to pay. Insulating the publication decision from the financial requirements of open access book publishing is the connecting theme between two different and complementary initiatives that Michigan Publishing will be supporting in 2016; Knowledge Unlatched and the Lever Press. The common feature of both is the leadership role libraries are taking to create an equitable and inclusive environment for long-form scholarship. As described last […]

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Open Access book program, Knowledge Unlatched, expands to include Michigan branded collection

by Charles Watkinson October 22, 2015

In 2014, University of Michigan Press (UMP) was a proud supporter of the pilot round of Knowledge Unlatched, contributing three books to a total collection of 28 titles offered to libraries worldwide. Starting in October 2015 we are pleased to be expanding our participation in the larger second round, as one of only two publishers offering a branded package of 10 titles (Duke University Press is the other one). “At KU we’re delighted to offer UMP’s excellent books for unlatching. As readers downloading the pilot collection in nearly 170 countries demonstrated, there is a hunger around the world for quality […]

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