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Opening the Future programme hits funding target for 2nd and 3rd books

Central European University Press collective funding model, in collaboration with COPIM's Work Package 3, gaining momentum

Published onAug 16, 2021
Opening the Future programme hits funding target for 2nd and 3rd books

COPIM are pleased to announce that our library membership programme - Opening the Future - at Central European University Press has already accrued enough library support to fund two more open access monographs, taking the total funded so far to three. This is hot on the heels of our June announcement on funding CEU Press’ first OA book; the programme is gaining momentum and already making a difference.

Opening the Future at CEU Press is a cost-effective way for libraries to increase their digital collections on the history and culture of Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries. Subscribing libraries get unlimited multi-user access to curated packages of books, with perpetual access after three years. The Press uses membership funds to produce new frontlist titles in open access (OA) format. All OA titles will be available via Project MUSE OAPEN, and DOAB. Today’s announcement sees the following two new OA titles funded by those subscriptions and forthcoming in November 2021:

  1. Constructing Identities over Time: “Bad Gypsies” and “Good Roma” in Russia and Hungary, Jekatyerina Dunajeva

  2. Everyday Life under Communism and After: Consumption and Lifestyle in Hungary, 1945–2000, Tibor Valuch

Author Jekatyerina Dunajeva said: 

"It is an honour to have my book published in Open Access. I frequently receive emails from scholars around the world asking if I might share my work, often citing prohibitive prices charged for publications. As a researcher of social inequalities, I believe equal access to knowledge is a necessary first step towards an equitable and democratic system of scholarship. Constructing Identities over Time will be part of a newly-launched book series in Critical Romani Studies at CEU Press and I hope that one day more books in the series might also be published OA.”

Further titles will be announced soon and advance notice will be given to avoid any double-dipping. We are recording our progress along with CEU Press’ plans for OA books in 2021-2022 on the website at

If you would like to know more about becoming a member of Opening the Future, you can read more about the programme and benefits on the website, or contact Frances Pinter, CEU Press Executive Chair, on [email protected].

COPIM is also running an Opening the Future programme with Liverpool University Press who are offering backlist access to Modern Language titles: LUP CEO Anthony Cond can answer any questions not covered by the website: [email protected]

Image credit: Daniel Parks on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

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