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Scholarly monographs humanities and social sciences available in open access

Leiden University Libraries and Leiden University Press are proud to participate in the successful international endeavor to make humanities and social sciences scholarly monographs available in open access.

Through the initiative of Knowledge Unlatched almost 300
libraries from 21 countries have financed 78 scholarly
monographs from 26 prominent university and academic
publishers. This level of international cooperation makes it
possible to produce top notch scholarly monographs in open
access. Libraries also demonstrate in this way that they can
lower the cost of books by converting their acquisitions budget
into a shared cost publishing model. 

Leiden University Libraries is a Charter Member of Knowledge
Unlatched and has participated in both OA publishing rounds KU has developed. Leiden University Press participates in the current round and will make available via OA the following monographs:

  • Erik Jan Zurcher: Jihad and Islam in World War I.

  • Kees van Dijk & Nico J.G. Kaptein: Islam, Politics and Change: The Indonesian Experience after the Fall of Suharto


The titles from all publishers can be found on: Knowledge Unlatched Collections.
As soon as the monographs are published they can be accessed through the catalogue of Leiden University Libraries. The 28 OA monographs from the first round can also be found in the library's catalogue