10 Years for Open Access Books: OAPEN Foundation Annual Report 2020

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On the occasion of its tenth anniversary in 2020, the OAPEN Foundation publishes the OAPEN Foundation Annual Report 2020 on the results and developments achieved in the last decade.

The report begins with the 2020 highlights in the OAPEN Library and Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) services. According to the report, the online library and publishing platform for OA books OAPEN Library currently contains more than 15,000 OA books that can be downloaded directly, with the majority of titles under a CC-BY licence. Download numbers increased by 77 per cent year-on-year to over five million. In addition to the many new publishers and publications in the OAPEN Library, the Covid 19 pandemic, but also the transfer of the online library to the open-source platform DSpace, are major contributing factors, according to the report.
The DOAB - a free international hub also run by the OAPEN Foundation - indexes OA books and makes them accessible. According to the report, it now contains more than 40,000 metadata for OA titles from over 500 publishers that meet the requirements for peer review and open licensing. At the beginning of the year, the migration to the open source platform DSpace 6 was successfully implemented (see our news of 22 Januar 2021).

Furthermore, the OAPEN Foundation launched the OAPEN OA Books Toolkit, which among other things teaches authors and libraries about the OA book publishing model, and the Open Access Books Network in cooperation with OPERAS, Scholar-led and SPARC Europe.
Other points in the report include community engagement, project activities, governance of the organisation and a financial overview. Finally, the report gives an outlook on the plans for the current year: The focus of OAPEN's work is particularly on Germany and the USA; countries in which the use of OAPEN services is high, but from which few contributions come.

The OAPEN Foundation has set itself the task of improving the discoverability of OA books and strengthening confidence in their quality. The non-profit organisation provides services to publishers, libraries and research funders in areas including hosting, quality assurance, dissemination and digital preservation. OAPEN's core objectives are:

    the development of a branded collection of OA peer-reviewed titles;
    to increase the visibility and discoverability of high quality publications;
    to promote OA publishing.

Please find the original news from OAPEN here: oapen.org/article/oapen-2020-stakeholder-report

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