Open monographs fund is a success in its first year

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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.

“Computer books,” made by AI on Canva

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!

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