The Network

The Open Access Network is made up of committed individuals, societies, libraries, publishers, institutions, and organizations working together to Make Knowledge Public. For privacy reasons, although many individuals are members of the OAN, only societies, libraries, publishers, institutions, and organizations appear on the map below.

If you are interested in learning more about our approach to making open access sustainable or would like to participate in one of our pilot projects, please contact us.

Virginia Tech University Libraries

590 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA, United States

Metropolitan New York Library Council

57 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, United States

Nevada State College

1125 Nevada State Drive, Henderson, NV 89002, United States

University Press of Florida

15 NW 15th St, Gainesville, FL, United States

Directory of Open Access Journals

Lund University, Lund, Sweden

American Anthropological Association

2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA, United States

Digital Public Library of America

700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, United States

Temple University Libraries & Temple University Press

1801 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122, United States

West Virginia University Libraries & West Virginia University Press

Morgantown, WV 26506, United States

University of Kansas Libraries

1425 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045, United States


What is the Open Access Network?

The Open Access Network (OAN) is a transformative model of open access (OA) publishing and preservation that encourages partnerships among scholarly societies, research libraries, and other institutional partners (e.g., collaborative e-archives and university presses) who share a common mission to support the creation and distribution of research and scholarship and encourage affordable education.

The OAN includes a plan to convert traditional subscription publication formats, including society- or university press–published journals and books or monographs, to OA; however, our ultimate goal is to provide an approach to funding that is fair and open and fully sustains the infrastructure needed to support the full life-cycle for communication of the scholarly record, including new and evolving forms of research output. Simply put, we intend to Make Knowledge Public.

Give me the elevator pitch.

The rapid changes in technology that affect the way research, scholarship, teaching, and learning are done, combined with the ever-increasing financial pressures on institutions of higher education and on their students, require collective and global support of the entire scholarly communication infrastructure and for all its participants, moving from the current cost-per-unit pricing model that works for only particular forms and formats of research output and for only particular stages in the communication workflow. It’s only by working together, with participation from all who contribute and from those who benefit, that we can hope to transform the system at scale.

How do we pay for the transition?

While we are currently seeking support from a wide array of institutions, organizations, foundations, and individuals, ultimately our model looks to academic and research institutions to fund the scholarly communications ecosystem, not just libraries. The dollar amounts we suggest for each institution may look large to a library, but are modest at an institutional scale.

While it may always make sense for the library to be the entity within the institution that manages OAN funds, it is the institution itself that will be judged on its willingness to support the transition to a more open and equitable scholarly information infrastructure. There will be a time of transition when libraries still need to provide access to the subscription-based publications their scholars and researchers depend on. Moreover, library budgets are often tied up with multi-year subscription licenses and consortial commitments that make canceling individual journals or database subscriptions or packages impossible. Scholarly publishing models are in a period of flux, but we assert that over time, the money spent on ventures such as the OAN will replace significant costs per institution for scholarly publications.

How can I get involved?

  • Become an open-access advocate, personally and professionally: Read your author agreements and retain your rights. Publish in a reputable open-access journal or with an open-access-friendly publisher. And participate regularly in the scholarly conversation, both face to face and via social media.
  • Join the Open Access Network and encourage your friends, colleagues, institution, and scholarly society to join as well. We have created a membership program that any individual, institution, library, scholarly society, foundation, organization, or company can join. Membership funds will go to support the organizational and administrative infrastructure for the OAN and the pilot projects we will use to test its model.
  • Reach out to your colleagues and campus administrators. Help them better understand the issues. Coordinate messaging with us and with other local, national, and international OA advocates. Organize and participate in events.
  • Volunteer for the OAN. We welcome your help! Contact us at any time via Twitter or email.