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It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity

Open Access Week 2021

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Open Access Week, a global event organized by SPARC, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research. The theme for the 2021 week is "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity."

At Michigan Publishing, open access is one of many ways that we strive to deliver the best scholarship to the broadest possible audience. Over the last decade, Michigan Publishing has been taking steps to develop a publishing program that better aligns with our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We are excited to highlight some of those efforts and share new open access initiatives below.

To learn more about Michigan Publishing's open access iniatives, read the introduction to Open Access 2021 from University of Michigan Press with Sales, Marketing, and Outreach Director, Kristen Twardowski on our blog.

Open Access: In Conversation

Limited Podcast Mini-Series

The second season of Michigan Publishing's limited podcast series, Open Access: In Conversation, explores the theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” Through this series, we talk to a range of stakeholders—including students, authors, libraries, researchers, and publishers—addressing questions around open access and the implications of open access for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you’ll never miss an episode.

Live Episode on Twitter Spaces on October 28th

Join us during Open Access Week on Thursday, October 28th at 1 pm Eastern for a LIVE special episode of our podcast mini-series, Open Access: In Conversation. This episode focuses on UMP's open access monograph model, Fund to Mission. Tune in on Twitter to hear exciting updates on the model from: - Kristen Twardowski (Director of Sales, Marketing, and Outreach, Michigan Publishing); - Elizabeth Demers (Editorial Director, University of Michigan Press); - and Sharla Lair (Senior Strategist, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Initiatives, Lyrasis) Click the button to set a reminder on Twitter or join day-of by selecting our profile photo with a purple, pulsing outline at the top of your Twitter feed.

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Open Access at Michigan Publishing

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Engage with UMP's Open Content

The University of Michigan Press has published over 250 open access titles to date. These titles are available to freely read and download on the Fulcrum platform at MARC records and KBART files for open access books are also freely available to download to your library catalog from

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Fund to Mission

UMP's Open Access Monograph Model

Learn about our transition to open

Working with LYRASIS, the University of Michigan Press has been taking steps to develop a publishing program that aligns with its mission and commitment to equity, justice, inclusion, and accessibility. Based on these principles, the Press is now transitioning to an open access monograph model we call Fund to Mission. Fund to Mission demonstrates a return to the origins of the university press movement and moves toward a more open, sustainable infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences.

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Watch this webinar that explores Fund to Mission in the context of two other models for funding Open Access Book Publishing.

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