Knowledge Unlatched Launches Pledging Period for KU Select 2017


Berlin, Germany -- June 12, 2017--  Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the global initiative for open access books and journals, recently launched its new front list, backlist, and journals collection and has introduced tiered support levels (based on Carnegie Classifications) to enable libraries, regardless of budget size, to participate. 

The pledge period for KU Select 2017 will continue into the fall, although KU is encouraging libraries in the U.S. and Canada to consider using any funds remaining in their current budgets to make a commitment to participate as the fiscal year end draws near.

KU Select 2017 is offering 363 titles in 17 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences. These include 151 frontlist titles planned for publication between November 2017 and April 2018 as well as 192 backlist titles published between 2006 and 2016, plus 21 journals.  This is KU's fourth round of collections since it was founded by Frances Pinter In 2012.  Since then, the initiative has made over 500 titles freely accessible online, bringing together libraries, publishers, and other stakeholders to cover the costs. 

Supporting libraries receive quarterly usage reports (both COUNTER-compliant data as well as geo-locational download information, which can be viewed at to enable them to assess the impact of their investment in KU and Open Access.  

60 well-respected scholarly publishers from five continents are participating, including commercial and open-access publishers as well as university presses.  KU Select 2017 was curated from a list of 941 titles chosen by the KU Title Selection Committee, which consists of 40 librarians from 12 countries.

Unlatched content will be available on Creative Commons licenses as fully downloadable PDFs, with hosting and preservation supported by OAPEN and HathiTrust and additional preservation offered by CLOCKSS and Portico. Moreover, the content will be accessible on the dynamic BiblioLab platform. The journals will be available in open access versions for three years and indexed by the DOAJ.

“We’re proud to be taking KU to the next level. By including journals in this round for the first time, we are moving KU into another domain, thus making the initiative a truly open access movement across the whole range of content,” says Sven Fund, Managing Director of Knowledge Unlatched. “Furthermore, with the shared knowledge we gained through data analysis of our previous rounds, KU offers a risk-free open access model paired with a learning opportunity for stakeholders.”  

Libraries are now invited to view the collection and pledge for titles at: Interested librarians and stakeholders can find answers on the KU Select 2017 central information page.

This new partnership reflects Wiley’s commitment to offering exceptional author service and will further enhance the publication experience for authors by enabling straightforward collaboration and offering significant time-saving on writing, formatting and submitting articles to Wiley’s journals.

Authors will be able to register to use the Overleaf service to write, edit and collaborate on their research easily online. The partnership means that Overleaf will provide authors using their service with access to Wiley’s authoring templates, allowing authors to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts online, and submit directly to more than 80 of Wiley’s journals with one-click, at no cost to the author. No additional software requires downloading, allowing authors to start writing and collaborating instantly from anywhere, and on any device. With real-time collaboration and composition, Overleaf allows authors to see how their final project will look as they type—allowing for effective and transparent co-authoring.

Dr John Hammersley, Co-founder and CEO, Overleaf comments “We’re delighted to be working with Wiley to help support authors and provide a simpler writing and submission process for a wide range of Wiley journals. What’s particularly nice is that there is a single, simple template that can be used for all participating journals; the author doesn’t need to worry about formatting (or re-formatting) whilst they prepare their manuscript. Once the manuscript is ready for submission, the author will be able to directly submit it into their chosen journal with just a couple of clicks, saving more time and further streamlining the process for the author.”

“As we move into a new and exciting open science scholarly communication era, Wiley aims to support the ambitions of all community stakeholders, including researchers, societies, funders and institutions – by facilitating greater dissemination, discovery, impact, collaboration, sharing, and ultimately increased reproducibility. New technologies, partnerships and strategies support open science practices to facilitate faster and more effective research discovery.” said Natasha White, Director, Author Marketing at Wiley . “This is an exciting addition to our Open Science partnership portfolio as we invest and partner with different technology providers to offer exceptional author service. We have partnered with Overleaf, as a market leader in this space, to help authors openly collaborate with peers, and ultimately create the best possible outcome for their research.”

 About Knowledge Unlatched: 

Knowledge Unlatched is an open access cooperative funding unrestricted access to books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Founded by Frances Pinter in 2012, the initiative has unlatched nearly 500 titles to date and is presently launching its fourth round – KU Select 2017 – with 350 monographs, including both frontlist and backlist titles, and more than 20 journals.

Contact: Marcel Knöchelmann, Marketing & Communications,