At the University of Michigan Press, open access (OA) is one of many ways that we strive to deliver the best scholarship to the broadest possible audience. We work with every author to consider whether and how OA might raise a book’s profile, help it to reach the right audience, fulfill the author’s goals, or comply with the requirements of a funder or institution.
While open access isn’t appropriate for every book, it yields benefits to authors, sponsoring institutions, and readers. OA extends the reach of scholarly works, promotes public engagement, and facilitates digital innovation. This page is meant to help stakeholders understand open access at the University of Michigan Press.
While OA has become an established approach within journal publishing, OA for academic books is an evolving field and the paths to sustainability are still being established. As part of the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library, University of Michigan Press has been publishing and studying OA books for over a decade and our research, often conducted in partnership with other institutions, seeks to engage with practical challenges such as contract terms, discoverability, and sustainability so that OA works for the benefit of all users: authors, researchers, students, and readers around the world.