Open Access Week 2019

The MIT Press has been a leader in open access book publishing for two decades, beginning in 1995 with the publication of William Mitchell's City of Bits, which appeared simultaneously in print and in a dynamic, open web edition. Over two decades later, we're still adding books and journals to our collection of open access resources.

In fact, in the year since the last Open Access Week, we have added four new open access journals to our catalog: Data Intelligence, Quantitative Science Studies, Neurobiology of Language, and the Harvard Data Science Review. We also now have 106 open access books available. All of this work is driven by our commitment to ensure the broadest possible access, impact, and audience for the ground-breaking, and frequently field-defining, work of our authors and contributors.

But we couldn’t do this alone. Our open access work is supported by our frequent collaborators at the MIT Libraries and by the work of the Knowledge Futures Group to develop open tools and networks that put knowledge creators in control. In the coming year, we will develop a sustainable framework for open access monographs in 2020, thanks to a generous grant from Arcadia. In celebration of Open Access Week, we invite you to take a look at our full collection to learn (and read) more about open access at the MIT Press.


Open Access

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

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The Smart Enough City

Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

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From baby pictures in the cloud to a high school's digital surveillance system: how adults unwittingly compromise children's privacy online.

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Hacking Life

In an effort to keep up with a world of too much, life hackers sometimes risk going too far.

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Bridging Silos

How communities can collaborate across systems and sectors to address environmental health disparities; with case studies from Rochester, New York; Duluth, Minnesota; and Southern California.

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Read our new open access journal, the Harvard Data Science Review


Listen to Our New Open Access Podcasts!

Ideas from MIT Libraries and the MIT Press

In this episode, Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director at the MIT Press, and Ellen Finnie, Co-Interim Associate Director for Collections at MIT Libraries, discuss the Strong Ideas series: a hybrid print and open access book series for general readers, that provides fresh, strongly argued, and provocative views of the effects of digital technology on culture, business, government, education, and our lives.

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Experiments in Open Peer Review

The authors of Data Feminism (forthcoming in Spring 2020), Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein, along with Catherine Ahearn, Content Lead at PubPub, discuss the value and process of open peer review, share experiences and best practices, and explore issues surrounding peer review transparency.

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