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KU Select 2017 pledging process so far

  • Amount pledged14%


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KU Select 2017 Collection

  • 343 books available: 151 front list (Nov 2017-April 2018) and 192 backlist (2006-2016)
  • 21 journals available (formerly closed and Open Access titles)
  • 60 well-respected scholarly publishers participating on 5 continents including university presses, commercial publishers and Open Access publishers
  • Curated by the KU Title Selection Committee consisting of 40 librarians in 12 countries
  • 17 subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Creative Commons licences - hosted by OAPEN and HathiTrust, also preserved by CLOCKSS and Portico.


Find out more about the Book Collection

Titles in the KU Select 2017 Book Collections were selected to represent a broad range of specialist research books—most of which are monographs, with a few edited collections and backlist titles as supplementary content for courses—forming the core of a broad collection of titles that KU is planning to develop through its unlatching program over the next few years.
The whole amount of pledges from libraries will be used to pay publishers, either as Book Processing Charges (BPC) for front list titles, or to compensate for loss of income for backlist titles. Thus, the costs of purchasing a monograph for each library falls considerably while the risk of funding Open Access is distriubted equally among all the participating libraries.For KU Select 2017 books, the BPC were set by KU and based on the average title fee for the first two pilot collections. The weighted average price per title comes to $30.74 // €29,00 // £24.65.
Pledge your participation for $53 (€50 / £42,50) per new book and $13.25 (€12,50 / £10,65) per backlist book, by selecting either:
  • Full pledge: The complete KU Select 2017 collection of 343 titles (both front list and backlist) which costs $10,547 // €9.950 / £ 8.463 - with a minimum pledge of 90% of the price, or
  • Only front list: The KU Select 2017 front list collection of 151 titles which costs $8,003 // €7,750 // £6,418 - with a minimum pledge of 90% of the price.
  • If your institution is in Norway, the US, Canada, Italy, France or the UK: From KU Select 2017 on, we offer differential pricing for these regions, based on the Carnegie or JISC classification. Please click below to get your individual quote.


Find out more about the Journal Collection

The KU Select 2017 Journal collection includes 21 titles. When we have gained enough support, all 21 journals will be published Open Access for three years beginning in 2018. These journals are currently a mixture of subscription or hybrid journals (10) as well as Open Access journals (11) seeking a new, sustainable, funding model.
  • Your researchers can submit and publish without any APC charges as Open Access
  • The sharing of APC charges, allows libraries to save costs and results in almost half the price of an average title compared to its list price
  • Funding of the journal collection means that the average price per title falls to $111.00 // €105,00 // £89.00, and an average price per article is $3.00 // €2,83 // £2.40
  • With the journal collection, KU aims at either flipping journals which are not yet OA, or support the authors with funding the APCs. Though the OA funding will only suffice for three years, KU hopes to establish a model that will continue beyond 2020
Pledge your support for the KU Select 2017 journal collection with 21 journals, which will be published Open Access for three years beginning in 2018. The price for unlatching the collection is per annum = $2,333 // €2.200 // £1,870.


The Pledging Process

To take part in the KU Select 2017 Collection, libraries will be asked to take the following steps:
  1. A representative of the library should register on the KU website (app.knowledgeunlatched.org) to record their pledges
  2. Libraries need to pledge for either one of the two options
  3. The first library representative at an institution to register can then invite their colleagues to create their own accounts which will be linked to the main library account
  4. Libraries will receive an email confirmation when they have selected titles in the KU Select 2017 collection
  5. Libraries may request to be invoiced early, before the end of the pledging period
  6. Once the pledging period has closed, libraries will be notified by email about whether the pledging target was reached for their choice of titles
  7. If the pledging target is not achieved for certain titles, libraries will be released from their pledge to those titles, will not be invoiced for them, and no further action by the library is required
  8. If the pledging target is achieved, libraries will be invoiced for their selection
  9. If KU Select 2017 packages are unlatched, libraries will be notified when titles are made available as fully downloadable PDFs via the OAPEN Library and via the HathiTrust Digital Library
  10. Libraries are entitled to a 35% discount on purchases of additional formats direct from the publisher. KU will inform publishers which libraries pledged on their titles
  11. Complete MARC records will be available after titles have been unlatched

Register for a non-binding account at app.knowledgeunlatched.org to receive notifications about the collection and view the metadata.



MARC Records

You can find the MARC records for each KU collection on the website of our hosting partner OAPEN (coming soon on HathiTrust's site as well). Through OAPEN, the titles are also indexed in DOAB and deep archived with CLOCKSS. Get the MARC records directly or read more about this topic on our guide.


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