What is Knowledge Unlatched?
Knowledge Unlatched was established in 2012. Knowledge Unlatched (KU) offers free access to scholarly content for every reader across the world. Their online platform provides libraries worldwide with a central place to support Open Access models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives.
Knowledge Unlatched has an advisory board. KU then sends the titles to libraries to pledge to convert the titles to Open Access if they have enough interest.
Taylor & Francis Partnership with Knowledge Unlatched
Routledge African Studies: With the support of 125 libraries worldwide, 150 Frontlist books in African Studies will be published over a three-year period (2020 – 2022). Routledge aims to publish a range of books on all sub-disciplines of African and African diaspora studies as OA, making them freely available and accessible to all. Routledge African Studies Collection shall cover a range of social, political and economic issues, interesting for scholars on the African continent and beyond.
Watch this video to learn more about Taylor & Francis African Studies Collection
Browse the following Open Access African Studies titles available through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative
Routledge Gender Studies: With the support of 125 libraries worldwide, 45 Frontlist books in Gender Studies will be published over a three-year period (2020 – 2022). The list is global in terms of both authorship and subjects covered.
Browse the following Open Access Gender Studies titles available through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative
Benefits for Libraries
- Research has found that Open Access book chapters are downloaded 7 times more than non-OA titles, were cited 50% more and mentioned online 10 times more.
- For libraries, MARC records will be provided for seamless cataloging of titles. In addition, quarterly usage reports will be distributed to demonstrate the impact and uptake of these titles.
- Supporters receive 35% discount on print editions of these titles in recognition of KU participation
- Guaranteed Access: Libraries who pledge their support to a specific collection will be guaranteed free access to the digital version of all the books included in the collection – either to the Open Access version or the closed digital version should the full funding target not be reached.