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OAPEN Launches Beta Version of Directory of Open Access Books
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) announced the launch of the beta version of Directory of Open Access Books, a discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an open access (OA) license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.
The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of OA books. Academic publishers are invited to provide the metadata of their OA books to DOAB. These metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility, and impact. At the start of the service there were more than 20 publishers participating with about 750 OA books and new publishers and books were to be added in the next few days. Publishers who wish to participate in DOAB can find more information here.
The Directory of Open Access Books is provided by OAPEN Foundation in cooperation with SemperTool. OAPEN Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague. DOAB was developed in close cooperation with Lars Bjørnshauge and Salam Baker Shanawa (director of SemperTool), who were also responsible for the development of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
DOAB was launched in a beta version to enable feedback from users and to further develop the service. OAPEN hopes to considerably increase the number of publishers and OA books in DOAB in the coming months and thereby create a valuable resource for the scholarly community and interested public. OAPEN is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable OA publication model for academic books in the humanities and social sciences.
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