Published July 2, 2024 | Version v1
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Open Book Futures: Year 1 Annual Report (May 2023-April 2024)

  • 1. ROR icon Lancaster University
  • 2. Open Book Collective
  • 1. ROR icon Coventry University
  • 2. ROR icon Loughborough University
  • 3. ROR icon OAPEN Foundation
  • 4. Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • 5. ROR icon Open Book Publishers
  • 6. Thoth Open Metadata
  • 7. ROR icon Birkbeck, University of London
  • 8. Opening the Future
  • 9. ROR icon Jisc
  • 10. punctum books


The Open Book Futures (OBF) project will initiate a step-change in the ambition, scope and impact of open access (OA) book publishing: significantly increasing and improving the quantity, discoverability and accessibility of academic content made available freely and easily to scholars and the wider public. The 3-year project (May 2023–May 2026) builds on the work of the COPIM research project (2019–2023).

This report provides a comprehensive review of the first year of the OBF project (May 2023–April 2024). It includes 

1. A summary of the project to date, in line with success criteria 
2. A summary of how the project has delivered wider benefits beyond success criteria, or achieved outcomes not originally planned for
3. An update on the sustainability of the project post-funding
4. How are we disseminating learning to the wider HE sector and others who might benefit from our insights? 
5. What networks and/or approaches are we currently utilising for dissemination? And are there further ways in which we plan to connect with others to share insights from our project? 
6. A case study highlighting the impact of our project 
7. Lessons learnt
8. Risk register
9. Success criteria 
11. Materials and open access 
12. Photographs 

 A shorter summary of the report's contents can be found on the project's PubPub site.

The project team welcomes feedback and questions. Please do get in touch. 


The OBF project is co-funded by Arcadia and Research England Development (RED) Fund (UKRI). Arcadia is a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge. Since 2002 Arcadia has awarded more than $1 billion to organizations around the world. Research England Development (RED) Fund (UKRI) is a fund supporting institutional-level innovative projects in research and knowledge exchange including collaborations between education providers and between education providers and business.


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