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How are LUP committed to Open Access?

Liverpool University Press have been publishing Open Access books since 2010 (as part of OAPEN-UK with Jisc), we were the first publisher to sign up to Knowledge Unlatched (2012), and in 2014 we launched Modern Languages Open (MLO), a peer-reviewed online platform for the Open Access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience. Since then our Open Access output has continued and stregthened. We are passionate about publishing Open Access at LUP, so to wrap-up Open Access Week 2019 we’ve put together a list of our current Open Access projects which we are committed to continue growing and supporting.

Over 40 OA monographs are available directly through our website so you can browse and access books instantly across a range of our subjects. Our collection groups our OA books together, but some recent OA books include:

We created the Open Access Author Fund to support OA publications by early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. LUP authors can donate all or part of their royalties to the Fund, and LUP will match all contributions. Find out more about the process of publishing an Open Access book with us on our website.

As a non-commercial university press, Liverpool University Press is committed to Open Access journals. All of our journals comply with RCUK, Wellcome Trust and other funding agency mandates for the Open Access publication of work.

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In 2014 we launched Modern Languages Open, a peer-reviewed online platform for the Open Access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience. The platform provides interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and provides Gold Open Access under a CC-BY license.

“Open access is the necessary and exciting future of academic publishing, and MLO is uniquely well-positioned to exercise groundbreaking impact in its field with regard to methods, tools, and economic models that can maximize both access (for prospective authors and readers alike) and the quality of the review process and the resulting scholarly product.”
Anna M. Klobucka, Professor of Portuguese and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

In September 2019 we were delighted to announce the introduction of a Linguistics section to the platform. The section was officially launched in October by an inaugural research seminar at the University of Liverpool.


In April 2019 we launched our Digital Collaboration Hub on Manifold, starting with our first project – Using Primary Sources. This Open Access e-textbook comprises of 20 chapters and over 150 original documents, supporting history students and teachers in the study of primary sources. Find out more about Manifold and Using Primary Sources in this blog post.

Using Primary Sources is also part of our Open Educational Resources, along with Essentials of Financial Management. Essentials of Financial Management is an Open Access e-textbook suitable for students with limited knowledge of finance and financial markets, and includes accompanying spreadsheets to download. Printed editions of both works are also available.

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In 2019, in partnership with the Open Library of Humanities, our Quaker Studies and Francosphères journals were both flipped to OA.

This means that each journal’s content is freely available and published under a CC-BY license, with no Article Publishing Charge for authors.


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