IU Libraries supports Open Anthro 

“I was delighted to be able to put some of those OA-liberated funds towards another OA project, instead of buying another paywalled thing from a big producer.”       

                                  ~Moira Marsh, Librarian for Anthropology, Folklore, and Sociology


Background on Berghahn

Without any knowledge of how to run a publishing firm, Marion Berghahn started what was to become Berghahn Books in 1994. Berghahn was an early adopter of ebooks and ejournals. Still a family-run business, the company publishes almost 40 peer-reviewed journals and over 125 new titles a year. Having studied philosophy, literature, and social anthropology in multiple countries, Marion Berghahn dedicated her press to exceptional scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.

Berghahn’s aim, according to their website, “is to advance scholarship and disseminate knowledge.” Looking for more sustainable publishing models, they published their first open access book in 2016 with the Knowledge Unlatched platform, which uses institutional funding. Berghahn Open Anthro is a subscribe-to-open model in partnership with Libraria, which works with organizations such as journals, libraries, publishers, and infrastructure providers to create viable open access. In the subscribe-to-open model, libraries continue to subscribe to journals for a direct fee. If the wider libraries’ community sustains the journal, it transitions to open access. If not, it remains behind a paywall.