Central European University Press Opening the Future

CEU Press has created a sustainable Open Access (OA) publishing model that will give participating organizations access to a selection of the extensive backlist, DRM free and with perpetual access after a subscription period of three years. This membership revenue will be used to make newly-published books openly accessible to anyone. When the revenue target is met and the entire monograph frontlist is openly accessible, future membership fee rates can be lowered.

Benefits of the model

The revenue from the membership – that yields access for supporting institutions to the backlist – will be used to fund the frontlist that will be published in OA. Library membership fees will pay for only those books that do not already have funding. The aim of this approach is to continue to yield a sustainable source of revenue for a press while achieving the desired commitment to making more titles OA. Given the current global library environment and existing budget pressures that have now been exacerbated by COVID-19, a consortial model of funding promises a cost-effective solution for OA that means no single institution bears a disproportionate burden.

What do participants get for their investment?

Members receive access to a package of 50 titles from CEUP’s extensive backlist on Central and East Europe and the former Soviet Union - the history of the region dating back to the middle ages, communism and transitions to democracy. There are four packages to choose from and each will contain titles proven by recent download figures to be popular and current according to data from Project MUSE. One package will be curated by an independent panel of library colleagues.


LYRASIS will assist with organizing library participation. Project MUSE will host the books, providing MARC records, KBART files and supporting discovery systems, and subscribers will have access to COUNTER compliant statistics.


Membership is open to libraries and institutions worldwide. Library and institutional members are banded according to their size. Participation requires a three-year commitment.

Annual Pricing Per Package (US$) U.S. Classification (Carnegie Classification-Basic) Canada Classification (CRKN Bands)
$425 Associate's Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$950 Baccalaureate/Master's Bands 6, 7, 8, 9
$1,425 Doctoral Bands 10, 11, 12, 13

How to participate

To support CEU Press Opening the Future, register an institutional pledge at https://ceup.openingthefuture.net/.

About CEU Press

Established in 1993 to reflect the intellectual strengths and values of its parent institution, the Central European University, CEU Press is a leading publisher in the history of the region, communism and transitions to democracy. It is widely recognised as the foremost English-language university press dedicated to research on Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries. It publishes approximately 25 new monographs and research-based edited collections a year and has a backlist of over 450 titles. Stringent peer review, editorial and production standards are a feature of the press.

After the three-year commitment, participants gain perpetual access to 50 closed backlist titles. In lieu of a license, the vendor uses Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU), a NISO Best Practice governed by Copyright Law. To participate, register your institution's name with the SERU Registry. Get started here.

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