Directory of Open Access Books

DOAB is a searchable database of peer reviewed scientific monographs that have been made accessible by academic publishers in open access. DOAB contains the metadata of 'free to share' e-books and provides direct links to the full text of the publications on the websites of the publishers. The collection covers all disciplines but focuses in particular on humanities, law and social sciences. All books in DOAB have a full open access license, making them ‘free to share’.

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

The Directory of Open Access Books is a service of DOAB Foundation. DOAB Foundation is a non-profit legal entity under Dutch law (‘stichting’), established by OAPEN Foundation and OpenEdition. The Foundation is based at the National Library in The Hague.

DOAB was established by OAPEN Foundation in close cooperation with Lars Bjørnshauge and Salam Baker Shanawa (director of SemperTool), who were also responsible for the development of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). SemperTool develops and maintains the DOAB sys

OAPEN Foundation is a member of OASPA (http://oaspa.org), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. OAPEN works closely with OASPA to establish membership guidelines for OA book publishers (http://oaspa.org/membership/membership-criteria/).

SOURCE: https://www.doabooks.org



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