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Fund to Mission reaches 75% Open Access in 2023!

Celebrating Open Access Week 2023

By: Danielle Coty-Fattal | Date: October 23, 2023 | Tags: Fund to Mission, Open Access Week
Fund to Mission reaches 75% Open Access in 2023!

Fund to Mission

Since Fall 2020, the University of Michigan Press has been collaborating with our parent library and LYRASIS to implement our Fund to Mission open access monograph model. This program facilitates the conversion of an increasing percentage of the Press’s frontlist to open access without requiring inequitable author payments. Thanks to the financial support from the provost, nearly 200 library supporters, author-side funders, and sales of frontlist titles, the program continues to grow and offer top quality scholarship to readers worldwide. This International Open Access Week, we are excited to share that 2023 is the first year we have been able to publish 75% of our monographs Open Access!

These open access monographs are offered as part of the UMP Ebook Collection (UMP EBC), a comprehensive collection of over 1,800 of the University of Michigan Press’s scholarly ebooks for sale to libraries. In 2023 we will publish more than 80 scholarly monographs, 75% of which immediately became open access through our Fund to Mission program. This brings our full Open Access (OA) list to over 375 monographs that are free-to-read online! The full OA title list for 2023 can be found below.

Fulcrum and Usage Data

The UMP EBC is fully accessible on Fulcrum, a leading open-source platform for digital scholarship developed by the University of Michigan Library and Press, with support from the Mellon Foundation. Fulcrum offers users the ability to read books with associated digital enhancements, such as 3-D models; embedded audio, video, and databases; zoomable online images; and interactive media. We are proud that Fulcrum not only places a strong emphasis on durability, but that our production workflow is also Benetech Certified Global Accessible.

Since authors still want to know the impact of their scholarly monographs, the Press has partnered with the Book Analytics Dashboard to provide usage statistics of open access titles from various platforms. While the version of record for each monograph is on Fulcrum, the Press’s open access books are widely available through retailers and platforms including JSTOR, Project Muse, OAPEN, EBSCO, Proquest, and Science Open. In fact, anyone can visit our dashboard link to see how and where people are accessing our books. It currently shows that our open access titles have been used more than 2 million times across 229 countries!

2023 books included in Fund to Mission: