How it works

Round 2 has now been launched. To pledge your participation, click here.

Watch and listen to this presentation outlining how the Pilot worked.

The Knowledge Unlatched model depends on many libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single Title Fee to a publisher, in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence via OAPEN and HathiTrust as a fully downloadable PDF.

The Title Fee represents the basic cost of publishing a book. Because the Title Fee is a fixed amount, as more libraries participate in Knowledge Unlatched, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declines.

Access to the Title Fee allows publishers to feel confident that they will not make a loss on a title if it is made Open Access. Publishers offer libraries discounts and if another format is also purchased to thank libraries for their support.

Once KU has reached scale, this model is expected to be financially self-sustaining: the costs of operating Knowledge Unlatched will be covered by a small service charge added to the Title Fee to cover KU’s administrative costs.

During the Pilot, Knowledge Unlatched secured pledges from nearly 300 libraries in 24 countries in order to unlatch a collection of 28 front-list titles from 13 recognised scholarly publishers. Click here to find out more about the Pilot.