JSTOR scholarly ebooks – now available until the 31st of August

In March, JSTOR worked with their publisher partners to open up 35,000+ scholarly monograph titles to academic library communities to support the sudden shift to remote teaching, learning, and researching. Further information about this initial scheme is available from this blog post published in April. While this initiative was originally due to end on the 30th June, many of these participating publishers have now agreed to extend access until the 31st of August. More than 32,000 front list and back list titles from 48 publishers will be included in this second tranche. You can download a title list from this link.

Participating publishers include:

Title records will appear in iDiscover soon. You can also search the JSTOR platform to find the temporary titles alongside our owned ebook and ejournal collections.

Brill Humanities & Social Sciences monographs 2015

Brill banner ebooksThe University Library is pleased to announce that University of Cambridge users can now access Brill Online’s 2015 published ebook titles across the following 9 Humanities & Social Sciences subjects. The number of ebooks in these collections will increase as new titles are published throughout the year.

Asian Studies

Brill 1





Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East & Early Christianity

Brill 2





Classical Studies

Brill 3





European History & Culture

Brill 4





Language and Linguistics

Brill 5





Literature & Culture

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Middle East & Islamic Studies

Brill 6





Religious Studies, Theology & Philosophy

Brill 7





Social Sciences

Brill 8






These titles are available with unlimited concurrency and can be accessed both on campus and if you are away from Cambridge (with a Raven login). Catalogue records will be loaded into LibrarySearch in early February and there will be regular monthly updates.

The 2015 collections complement Brill’s HSS 2014 collections and Brill’s Companions in Classical Studies (1) already available to our users on Brill Online.

You can also access the Brill Online platform from the ebooks@cambridge collections web page, along with hints and tips.

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any feedback or questions.

Complete collection of Wiley ‘o’books now available!

Wiley Online Library banner

The University Library have arranged a pilot which opens up full-text access to the complete Wiley ‘o’ books collection, currently comprising almost 15,000 monograph titles, hosted on Wiley Online Library. The ‘o’books are immediately available from here.

This collection includes all Wiley monographs published in all available subject areas across all publication years. Subjects covered include Agriculture, Chemistry, Earth Space & Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Social & Behavioural Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. This collection will grow as new titles are published.

The catalogue records for these Wiley titles are loaded into LibrarySearch and Cambridge librarians can identify them as they are tagged Wiley EBA trial. Wiley ebooks are available both on and off-campus (using a Raven login).

Available titles are indicated with a golden unlocked padlock icon as illustrated in the following screenshot.

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You may browse for titles alphabetically, by subject, or search for a known title, and you can filter your search by publication type. Wiley Online Library allows users to select and read chapters online, or print or save them as PDFs. There is unlimited concurrent access.

Please note that Wiley etextbooks are not included in this collection.

The access will continue until the 30th April 2015 in the first instance. This is a usage based purchase model which means at the end of this period it is likely that the most popular titles in the collection will be retained.

The ebooks@cambridge team and the University Library are keen to know what you think about this Wiley ‘o’books collection, please send any comments or questions to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Thousands of Cambridge University Press monographs on trial

UPO1The ebooks@cambridge Service and the University Library have arranged a trial which opens up access to all Cambridge University Press monograph titles on their University Publishing Online ebooks platform.

Along with all their Cambridge Books Online (CBO) monograph content UPO hosts hundreds of titles from their partner presses too. These are: Acumen Publishing, Anthem Press, Boydell & Brewer, Edinburgh University Press, Foundation Books, Liverpool University Press, Mathematical Association of America, Royal Economic Society and The University of Adelaide Press.


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The UPO platform looks and feels very similar to CBO, and works in much the same way. You can browse for titles by subject or search for known items or by keyword in the search box near the top right-hand corner of the home page. There is also an advanced search option which allows you to search only for accessible content or to refine by publisher if you want to.


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You can open or download chapters as PDFs as you can with all the ebooks owned on the CBO platform.

In total 13,955 new monograph titles have been activated for Cambridge University users on UPO and the catalogue records for all these new titles are being loaded over the next few days. These will be searchable in LibrarySearch and available both on and off-campus (using a Raven login).

This enhanced access arrangement is live now, starting as a month’s trial with the intention that access to all new content will remain until the end of April 2014 in the first instance.

IMPORTANT: this new content does not include access to unowned DRM-restricted titles; please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you would like to recommend titles that appear on UPO or CBO but are not accessible. All accessible titles are marked with a  green p

Please note: access to exactly the same CBO content is available from the Cambridge Books Online platform, but this does not include the extra titles from the partner presses.

Please let the ebooks team know what you think about the UPO platform and the extra content now available, we would really welcome your feedback.


Open Access monographs in the humanities and social sciences – guest post no. 2

Sarah Stamford’s summary of the JISC/Open Access Network conference held at the British Library 1st & 2nd July 2013.

Condensing a two-day conference into a short report is quite a tall order, so I will bring together points which particularly attracted my attention under four headings: Concept, Models, Issues and What’s missing.

“OA monographs” presupposes the product will be an ebook, or ebook and print in some combination, possibly including paid-for content and licensed under Creative Commons.  Although this implies the content will be free at the point of use, costs are involved in getting it to the reader and how these will be met is unclear.  The potential is there to change both the shape and the delivery of the scholarly monograph.

1.         Concept

  • Open Access is an opportunity created by technological developments.  The level of demand is unknown but may be presumed to exist from the use of the (relatively small) number of OA monographs currently available.
  •  It grants access to scholarly research to readers outside universities and institutions in developed countries, for example to general readers and those elsewhere in the world.
  •  HSS topics appeal to a broader readership than science; to some extent OA may help to raise the profile of these disciplines and justify continued research.
  • The value is not just in the monograph per se, but the ability to bring a number of texts together for correlation and further study (as with a print library collection).
  • Including multi-media and interactive content in ebooks expands the potential to link to primary source material (digitized texts, 3-D images, video clips etc).  This is likely to change the identity of the scholarly monograph.
  • Although paper remains “a viable product” (Rupert Gatti, Open Book Publishers) and authors like to have a print copy with their name on it, is print, originally seen as the revolutionary way of disseminating ideas, now restricting accessibility?
  • “Commercial ebooks are stupid” (Philippe Aigrain, author of Sharing)
  • Is the monograph the purpose of research, or something produced as a by-product of it?
  •  Is the concept of “an author” valid when research is often collaborative?
  • Authors expect to earn money from book publishing, but not from journal articles.

2.         Models

We already have Google Books, Hathi Trust, Project Gutenberg, etc, as Open Access ebooks.

Open Library of the Humanities

Considering options for funding OA – same as journals? Take advertising? Author pays (APCs)? Library pays, possibly via a consortium. Or maybe journals subsidise ebooks?

How to satisfy need for author’s prestige, also looking at formats, preservation, costs of production. What might be the effect on sales of print books if OA ebooks become the norm?

Knowledge Unlatched

Consortium of libraries and publishers based on lowering the risk to both. Price to libraries set (either for individual text or a collection) by the number of libraries willing to commit to a subscription once title is published.  OA version on KU’s platform will be basic text (.pdf?), a premium model with extra whistles and bells will be available from the publisher at a higher price.

[I have some problems with this model – transparency of costings, libraries may be unable to decide whether to purchase title in advance of publication as it is often some years before the relevance of a monograph is appreciated, can’t see why library would want to purchase the OA version if academics will want the premium model, and a cost model whereby most popular texts are the cheapest may be the wrong way round]

Palgrave Open

Model at present is similar to that for traditional publishing. They claim it is sustainable but haven’t yet decided who will pay – could be author, funding bodies or institutions or combination of all three. Aim to publish 10 titles in 2014.

Open Book Publishers

Based in Cambridge set up by 3 academics.  Not for profit organisation, funded by Universities, EU, Wellcome Trust and their own sales.  Also crowdsourced funding for one book via Twitter.

They have published c.30 titles as ebooks on OA.  Revenue from sales comes from payment for POD, digital .pdf or downloaded ebook but it’s the same content in all formats.  Expanding into allowing comments from readers to be added to text and adding QR codes to embed video material in print copies.

Aim is to extend scholarship and cite readership of c.500 hits per book per month against how many people would read a print run of 200 copies sold mostly to libraries and restricted to their members only?

ebooks@cambridge have previously assisted this company.


Their OA books findable via Google Books and Amazon. Some discussion about their imposition of CCNC licensing on all authors, restricting reuse, and their costing model.

Directory of Open Access Books launched at the conference.

3.         Issues

These are points which came up several times in discussions.

Peer review              Is current system broken? Are there better ways to carry it out in a digital environment? Who can review? Who reviews the reviews?

Gold v Green              Arguments as with ejournals

VAT                            OA (zero price) would not attract VAT, or would it?

REF                            HEFCE seem unlikely to include OA in the next REF due to lack of viable model.

Repositories                What are their role? Should they consider moving more in publishing content?

Learned societies        What is their role in OA publishing?

Long-term access       With no contract or money changing hands, is there any obligation to retain OA monographs in perpetuity? Who has responsibility for this? Archiving critical (eg Portico etc) – who ensures it happens?

Costs                           What exactly are the production costs? Paper is cheap, print pricing based on extra work carried out by publisher in bringing book to market (copy-editing, metadata, supply and marketing) So who pays for those functions in OA?

Copyright                   Who ensures it is enforced?

ORCID                        Identification of researchers would assist OA, but can be contentious.

Digitising                    Primary sources, even more important if OA monographs are going to link to them. But what happens if they are licensed?

Cataloguing                Should OA resources be included in library catalogues/discovery tools? How?

4.                     What’s missing?

  • No mention of market research into the extent to which researchers want to read monographs in e-format.
  • Current models are based on production and delivery, not consumption.
  • Impact on library budgets.  Will these be used to fund institutional publishing via OA, and what happens if libraries are then expected to buy premium content?
  • Do librarians have the skills to support academics in publishing their research?
  • What is the role of the University press here, for example, should CUP publish Cambridge University-generated content in OA?
  • Less profit in monographs than journals, so money is tight.
  • In an environment where all Universities have access to the same content, what will distinguish their libraries?  Services and their historical collections?

Videos of the conference presentations are available on YouTube.

Sarah Stamford (Selwyn College Librarian / Chair of the ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group)