In celebration of International Open Access Week, we’re running a series of stories about open scholarship that prioritizes community-run publishing and infrastructure. Today’s piece is written by Katharine Dunn, scholarly communications librarian in the Libraries.
In 2022, with generous support from the Office of the Provost, the MIT Libraries launched an Open Monograph Fund to support MIT authors whose publishers require a subvention to offset the costs of producing OA scholarly monographs. The fund was a huge success in its first year: We approved funding for 33 books written by researchers across 17 departments and all five schools on campus. Nearly 80 percent of the books are published by university presses.
Many of these books – mostly monographs, but also a textbook, a handbook, and an autobiography by legendary MIT mathematics professor Norbert Wiener – are now published and open access, including a dozen from MIT Press.
Here they are — enjoy!
- Alternative Shakespeares 3, by Diana Henderson
- Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self, by Paul Roquet
- Architects of the Information Society: Thirty-Five Years of the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT, by Simson Garfinkel;
edited by Hal Abelson
- At the Pivot between East and West: Ethnographic, Literary and Filmic Arts, by Michael Fischer
- Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine, by Norbert Wiener
- Enduring Cancer: Life, Death, and Diagnosis in Delhi, by Dwaipayan Banerjee
- Extrapolation, Interpolation, and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series: With Engineering Applications, by Norbert Wiener
- Furthering Fair Housing: Prospects for Racial Justice in America’s Neighborhoods, by Justin Steil
- God & Golem, Inc.: A Comment on Certain Points where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion, by Norbert Wiener
- Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element, by Noelle Selin
- Norbert Wiener—A Life in Cybernetics: Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood and Youth and I Am a Mathematician: The Later Life of a Prodigy, by Norbert Wiener
- On the Brink of Paradox: Highlights from the Intersection of Philosophy and Mathematics, by Agustin Rayo
- Probing Arts and Emergent Forms of Life, by Michael Fischer
- The Christianization of Knowledge in Late Antiquity: Intellectual and Material Transformations, by Mark Letteney
- The Handbook of Rationality, edited by Markus Knauff and Wolfgang Spohn
- The Jacobite Song: Political Myth and National Identity, by William Donaldson
- The Mental Life of Modernism: Why Poetry, Painting, and Music Changed at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by Samuel Jay Keyser
- Visual Cortex and Deep Networks: Learning Invariant Representations, by Tomaso A. Poggio and Fabio Anselmi
- Wave Propagation An Introduction to Engineering Analyses, by James H. Williams Jr.
If you’d like to apply for funds to make your monograph open access, please fill out this form.