OA Progress

Liverpool University Press has been running the Opening the Future OA monograph funding model for over two years. During that time, we have been able to publish 5 new OA frontlist titles solely through the support of our library members, of which the details are available below. We are grateful to all our library supporter members for enabling this. We have several more titles forthcoming, confirmed as funded via OtF, details below.

As this model works differently to many subscription/collective monograph funding models, there is no in-built threshold: instead frontlist titles are opened up as soon as the funds become available. Every single subscription counts towards enabling the publication of a forthcoming book as OA. For more detailed information about our financial targets and projections, please see our resources page.

If your library would like to help tip the balance and enable the next book to come out, please visit our membership options page: lup.openingthefuture.net/packages/

Details of the OA books we’ve published/are in the OtF pipeline:

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Peter J. Watson, Football and Nation Building in Colombia (2010-2018): The Only Thing That Unites Us
OUT NOW: July 2022 (Liverpool Latin American Studies)

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Daniel F. Silva, Empire Found: Racial Identities and Coloniality in Twenty-First Century Portuguese Popular Cultures
OUT NOW: Sept. 2022 (Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures)

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Archie Davies, A World Without Hunger: Josué  de Castro and the History of Geography
OUT NOW: Nov 2022 (Liverpool Latin American Studies)

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Thomas K. Lindner, A City Against Empire: Transnational Anti-Imperialism in Mexico City, 1920-30
OUT NOW: May 2023 (Liverpool Latin American Studies)

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Dean Allbritton, Feeling Sick: The Early Years of AIDS in Spain
OUT NOW: May 2023 (Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures)

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Maria Montt Strabucchi, Representations of China in Contemporary Latin American Literature (1987-2016)
OUT NOW: Dec 2023 (Liverpool Latin American Studies - Hispanic & Lusophone Studies)

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Tess C. Rankin, Feeling Strangely in Mid-Century Spanish and Latin American Women’s Fiction
OUT NOW: Jan 2024 (Hispanic & Lusophone Studies)

Library feedback

Avoiding double-dipping

All new frontlist titles are at first planned as traditionally-sold ‘closed’ books. But as soon as we have accrued enough library support to fund a book, we change the metadata before any sales are made and our distributors move the book to an OA status. This happens well before the book is published: so far, we’ve estimated between 2-3 months.

Opening the Future: Explained in 60 Seconds

Still have questions about Opening the Future? Watch our 60-second breakdown video explaining the model simply.

Signup: UK libraries

For UK HEIs, the easiest route to become a member is via Jisc - they will initiate the membership and invoice through your normal channels.

Signup: Rest of World

For anywhere else, simply fill in the form on our package page using the button below. It takes about 2 minutes to fill in and we will initiate membership and billing when we receive it.