About us

Our vision is a sustainable market where scholarly books and journals are freely accessible for each and every reader around the world.

We believe that by working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence. Supporting Open Access through Knowledge Unlatched will not cost more than simply purchasing a more traditionally published title.

By taking part in Knowledge Unlatched libraries can help to ensure that good books and journals continue to be published and that the core-outputs of the humanities and social sciences are not left behind in the shift to Open Access. Authors will be able to connect more effectively with audiences that value their research and ideas. Readers from all over the world will have free access to high-quality works. And publishers will gain access to funding to support peer-reviewed Open Access publishing for books and journals.

Our team

Dr Frances Pinter
Founder / Ambassador

Dr Frances Pinter is a serial entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of innovation in the publishing industry for nearly forty years. She is passionate about books, and about the potential of new technology to increase access to knowledge.

Dr Sven Fund
Managing Director

In 2015, Sven founded fullstopp, a consulting and investment agency specialising in scholarly publishing as well as institutions in the educational space. Sven invests in and/or manages companies such as Sample of Science and Inkitt.com. Sven is a lecturer at Humboldt University and publishes on Open Access as well as the digital transformation of the publishing industry.

Assoc. Prof. Lucy Montgomery
Director of KU Research

Lucy Montgomery is Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University, Australia. She is also Director of KU Research. Her work explores the role of digital technology and intellectual property in business model innovation in the creative industries.

Christina Emery
Partnership Manager

Christina Emery is a multi-lingual administrator whose experience includes working in various sectors such as publishing, education, events and hospitality, intergovernmental and financial services. She has also contributed to printed and online publications as editor, proofreader and translator.

Alkim Ozaygen
Technical Advisor

Alkim Ozaygen is a Data Analysis Tool Developer at Curtin University’s Centre for Culture and Technology. He is interested in open culture, intellectual property, privacy, information systems and networked knowledge.

Max Mosterd
Technology & Operations

Max is passionate about making science and education more accessible to the wider public. Towards this end, he has founded a startup, published on bibliometrics and written his Master thesis on the pricing of scholarly content. He graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam, having studied Economics before at the Harvard University Summer School and Utrecht University.

Judy Luther
North America Consultant

With extensive experience working with many successful start-ups, her team gathers data and provides market insights for strategic decisions. Her market knowledge is grounded in a decade managing sales at the Institute for Scientific Information (now Thomson Reuters) and at the Faxon Company (a subscription agent).

Claire Murphy
Australasian Representative

Claire is a Librarian at Curtin University who developed an interest in the open access movement whilst completing her Master’s project on Massive Open Online Courses. Having worked in an academic library for over 10 years, she is passionate about access to information..

KU Boards and Committees

KU Board of Directors

Assoc. Prof. Lucy Montgomery
Director, CCAT, Curtin University and Director, KU Research
Dr Frances Pinter
Ambassador/Founder, Knowledge Unlatched
Dr Ralf Schimmer
Head of Scientific Information Provision and Deputy Director at the Max Planck Digital Library

KU Research C.I.C. Board of Directors

Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane
Emeritus Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Sven Fund
Managing Director, Knowledge Unlatched
Carol Jackson
Chief Operating Officer, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts
Dr Frances Pinter
Ambassador/Founder, Knowledge Unlatched
Michael Ryder
Former Diplomat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Charles Watkinson
Associate University Librarian for Publishing, University of Michigan Library / Director, University of Michigan Press

Advisory Board

Dr Paul Ayris
Director of UCL Library Services, University College London, President of LIBER and Chair of the Board of SPARC Europe
Mark Bide
Chairman, Publishers Licensing Society
Professor Paul Courant
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Information; University of Michigan
Eve Gray
Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Educational Technology; Senior Research Associate, IP Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Alex Holzman
Former Director, Temple University Press
Dr Michael Jubb
Consultant, Research Information Network
David Prosser
Executive Director, Research Libraries United Kingdom (RLUK)
Professor Stuart M. Shieber
Welch Professor of Computer Science and Director, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
Professor Peter Suber
Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and Fellow at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Sue Polanka
Head, Reference and Instruction, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library Wright State University
Winston Tabb
Dean of University Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University and Director of Sheridan Libraries
Jan Velterop
Former Managing Director, AQnowledge
Dr Hazel Woodward
Director of Information Power and formerly University Librarian, Cranfield University

Library Steering Committee

Simon Bains
Deputy University Librarian of The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, UK
Jill Benn
University Librarian, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Kurt De Belder
University Librarian, Director Leiden University Libraries & Leiden University Press, The Netherlands
Gregory Eow
Associate Director for Collections, MIT Libraries, USA
Louis Houle
Director of Collections, McGill University, Canada
Alice Keller
Chefbibliothekarin Bestandsentwicklung, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland
Elizabeth Kirk
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Harvard University, USA
Jim Mullins
Dean of Libraries, Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries, USA
John Unsworth
University Librarian, University of Virginia Library, USA
Wilhelm Widmark
Library Director, Stockholm University, Sweden

Title Selection Committee


The first KU Title Selection Committee has now been established following a nominations process. 40 acquisitions and collections librarians from 12 countries vote on front and backlist titles in the Humanities and Social Sciences that publishers have submitted for KU Open Access collections. Their recommendations assure relevance and quality standards, and lead to thematically curated packages. You can download the list of librarians below