The MIT Press has announced that Jisc will handle central licensing and invoicing for Direct to Open (D2O) for their member libraries. An innovative, sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model to a collaborative, library-supported open access model.
Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, D2O gives institutions the opportunity to harness collective action to support access to knowledge. Owing to the centralized service, Jisc libraries will not have to negotiate agreement terms and will be able to use the invoicing processes they are used to through the consortium.
It has now become easier for Jisc member libraries to make a strategic choice and switch from buying scholarly books from the MIT Press once for a single collection to funding them once, open access, for the world while enjoying exclusive benefits including backlist access and trade collection discounts.
Jisc libraries that commit to support Direct to Open before September 30, 2021 will earn exclusive benefits. They will gain term access to an archive of gated titles. D2O participating libraries also receive special discounting on the MIT Press's trade books collection on the MIT Press Direct platform. If D2O does not reach the success threshold for 2022, participating libraries are assured term access to the archive collection without paying the fee.Click here to read the original press release.