AHA Makes Gutenberg-e Books Open Access

February 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm | Posted in history, open access, scholarly communication | Leave a comment

I’m not sure how I missed this yesterday, but the American Historical Association blog announced that a number of titles in the Gutenberg-e series (learn more about the Gutenberg-e prize/series) were now available open access via the Gutenberg-e Publications page:

The electronic monographs published by Columbia University Press in the Gutenberg-e Project are now available in an open-access form through the University’s Libraries, and are also being made available through ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB). By taking this new step, we will continue the project’s ongoing experiment with different forms of electronic publication, and also hope to demonstrate whether open-access publications will garner greater use and more citations from students and scholars.

These are really nice online books (check out Tonio Andrade’s How Taiwan Became Chinese, for example) and are also examples of excellent historical scholarship. I would encourage librarians to catalog these titles so that students and faculty at your institution can access them via your OPAC (if you are reading this and are not a librarian, please contact your librarian and ask that these titles be added to the catalog).

Kudos to AHA and to Columbia University for making this happen (thanks also to the financial support provided by the Mellon Foundation). It’s nice to see history’s professional organization continuing their support for open access to historical scholarship.

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