Knowledge Unlatched










Knowledge Unlatched (KU) makes scholarly content freely available to everyone and contributes to the further development of the Open Access (OA) infrastructure. Their online marketplace provides libraries and institutions worldwide with a central place to support OA collections and models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives. With the support of more than 600 libraries and research institutions worldwide, KU transitions monographs and journals in a wide variety of disciplines from paywalled to Open Access content. Additionally, KU offers various tools and services for stakeholders in the OA community.

For 2020, libraries can pledge their support for Knowledge Unlatched and its partner initiatives at the KU website. To stay abreast of all news from KU, register and sign up for the KU Newsletter. Registration does not imply commitment to pledge.


KU Select 2020 Book Collections

  • 343 books planned to be unlatched: 151 front list and 192 backlist (2009-2019)
  • Participation from more than 50 leading scholarly publishers from 5 continents, including university presses, commercial publishers, and Open Access publishers
  • Curated by the KU Selection Committee 2020 consisting of over 100 librarians worldwide
  • Covering 7 key subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences which have seen the highest usage over recent years: Anthropology, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, English Language and Literature, History, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Politics and International Studies and Sociology
  • Creative Commons licences - hosted by the Open Research Library, OAPEN, JSTOR and MUSEOpen and preserved by Portico
  • Content discoverable via various systems including OCLC Worldcat, the Internet Archive, EBSCO, ProQuest/Ex Libris
  • High Quality MARC Records will be provided by OCLC
  • Pledge for the full collection or by subject package


About the book collection
Titles in the KU Select 2020 Books Collection have been specially selected to represent a broad range of specialist research books. Most of the titles are monographs, though also included are a few edited collections and backlist titles as supplementary course content.


Why contribute?
Your participation supports an ever-growing number of institutions that are using acquisitions funds to make HSS book titles Open Access. This model benefits both individual libraries and the wider community, by providing access to scholarly books for every reader across the world. There are a number of additional benefits for libraries:

  • Enables libraries to contribute to fulfilling OA mandates in certain territories
  • Flexible offering – pick and choose from available subject packages
  • Quarterly usage reports to show the real impact of OA publishing
  • DRM-free titles
  • High-quality MARC records for better discoverability
  • 35% discount on purchases of other formats from publishers in recognition of KU participation
  • Involvement with the creation of future collections by taking part in the KU Selection Committee


Prices of the HSS Book Collection
Pledge your participation for $62 per HSS frontlist book and $17.50 per HSS backlist book, by selecting either:

  • Full pledge: The complete KU Select 2020 HSS Books Collection of 343 titles (both front list and backlist)
  • Front list only: The KU Select 2020 HSS front list collection of 151 titles
  • By subject package: You can also select the subject package(s) most relevant to your users. Within the subject packages it is also possible to pledge for front list only.


Tiered Pricing – KU Select 2020 HSS Book Collection
For institutions in the US and Canada, tiered pricing is available for your regions. See table below for US institutions and visit the pricing on the KU website for Canada. Please note that tiered pricing only applies to the Full KU Select 2020 Collection (or Front list only) but not to any of the subject packages. Pricing for individual subject collections is available at the KU website.


Carnegie Classification
Basic 2018
KU Tier Discount on KU Select 2020 Book Collections Full KU Select 2020 HSS Books Collection Price Front-list Only KU Select 2020 HSS Books Collection Price
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity (15);

Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity (16)
1 Full Price $12,500 $9,200
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs (18);

Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus (21)
2 25% Discount $9,370 $6,885
Doctoral/Professional Universities (17);

Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs (19);

Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs (20)
3 50% Discount $6,250 $4,595
All other classifications
(remaining Baccalaureate, Associate, other two- & four-year schools, 1-14, 22-33)
4 75% Discount $3,125 $2,300


Other KU Offers and Partnerships:

  • Berghahn Migration and Development Studies Books 2021-2023: The full list of new front list publications on the topic of international migration and movement as well as Studies of Cultural Development.
  • Brill Postmodern Literature 2021: The program includes titles from the “GAPS” (Association for Anglophone Post-Colonial Studies) and other new book titles. Includes topics from literary fields such as travel writing, autobiography, narrative theory and even medieval English literature and Shakespeare Studies.
  • Language Science Press 2021-2023: Renewal of the ground-breaking initiative in the field of linguistics, successfully making over 90 books open access by the end of 2020, demonstrating that open access for books can be sustainable. All LSP books are totally free of any author-facing charges.
  • Pluto Press Radical Politics 2021-2023: Cutting edge critical work in the social sciences employing Marxist, feminist, decolonial and other radical approaches. The full front list book production from Pluto Press for the next three years.
  • International Water Association Publishing 2021-2023: The complete front list book portfolio from IWAP for the next three years. To achieve a truly transformative model the complete backlist of all 20 IWAP Backlist books are also offered as a separate collection. Includes research on water quality and filtration in evolving countries.
  • Luminos (University of California Press): Membership fees are used to directly cover the costs of publishing approximately 45 titles per year, with any surplus added to an author waiver fund to support authors.
  • The Open Research Library: ORL includes OA content in different media formats on one central platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating tens of thousands of peer-reviewed OA books, videos, posters etc. Libraries investing in the ORL contribute to the development of a dedicated infrastructure for the global research community, while participating libraries have the opportunity to benefit from a set of exclusive services.
  • Routledge African Studies: Together with KU, Routledge aims to publish a range of books on all sub-disciplines of African and African diaspora studies as OA, making them freely available and accessible to all.
  • Routledge Gender Studies: Routledge Gender Studies is a newly established list building on the Routledge's strengths and prestige of publishing important authors such as Judith Butler and Bell Hooks. The list provides global cutting-edge research on hot topics such as LGBTQ rights, Post-Colonialism and Feminist Pedagogy.
  • HAU Books: HAU Books is the book publishing wing of the Society for EthnographicTheory (SET), a learned society. SET is a non-profit initiative, committed to publishing the most distinguished texts in classics and advanced anthropological theory. The SET has completed a diligent restructuring to further professionalize its society for an OA future.



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