KU Select: HSS Books 2023
Making Open Access Work in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
We, at Knowledge Unlatched, are happy that you are looking into submitting titles for the new KU Select HSS Books collection of 2023. As the 9th round of KU Select begins, we hope to create a collection that is relevant for libraries, scientific institutions, and, most of all, their patrons. We look forward to receiving your quality frontlist and backlist titles that you would like to publish Open Access. Only together we can create a sustainable future for Open Access publishing in HSS. Read more about the specifics of this collection and submit your titles below.
You can submit your title suggestions at
Which HSS Titles Can You Submit?
For this year we would like to ask publishers to submit titles in the following subjects. This enables us to create a relevant and coherent collection.
Anthropology and Develpment Studies
Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
English Language and Literature
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Politics and International Studies
CC licence type agreed with author, in advance if possible
Books have been Subject to Peer Review
Monographs and Edited Collections
English Language and preferably titles published in print as hardback
Due to strong publisher interest, we suggest submitting up to a maximum of 50 titles for frontlist plus 50 for backlist titles
All online formats (ePub, PDF and mobi) are made available under a CC license
Submit titles that are relevant to an international cohort of libraries e.g. not too regionally focused
Planned Publication between September 2022 – October 2023
The publisher will receive the fixed Net Title Fee of $ 9,359 / € 8,250 / £ 6,925 per unlatched title (excl. VAT)
Published between 2012 – 2021
The publisher will receive the fixed Net Title Fee of $ 2,127 / € 1,875 / £ 1,658 per unlatched title (excl. VAT)
KU Focus Collections 2023: Climate Change & Global Health
A topical focus on the issues of climate change and global health (HSS)
Launched for the first time in 2021, we would like to continue the success of our KU Focus Collections. Therefore, we are launching a second package, which has been voted on by supporting institutions. The outcome was a focused collection on “Global Health”, which you will be able to submit titles to, next to the KU Select offering. Next to the new Focus Collection of Global Health, we’re continuing the extremely successful Focus Collection: Climate Change from last year. You will find more details on the collection and submission guidelines below. We hope to create focus collections that are relevant for libraries, scientific institutions, and, most of all, their patrons. We look forward to receiving your quality frontlist titles that you would like to publish Open Access. Only together we can create a sustainable future for Open Access publishing. Read more about the specifics of these collections and submit your titles below.
You can submit your title suggestions at
Please find the requirements for the submitted content below:
Publishers hand in their title submissions to app.knowledgeunlatched.org following the outlined requirements in the Publisher Information Brochure
2. Reviewing Titles: 21.03.2022 – 15.04.2022
The KU Selection Committee reviews the submissions, and the collection is formed.
3. Packaging Titles & Contract Finalization: 18.04.2022 – 29.04.2022
The collections are created, and publishers will be informed which titles have been accepted. The contracts will be sent and signed prior to the start of the pledging.
4. Library Pledging: 03.05.2022 – 16.12.2022
Libraries are invited to pledge their support for the collections.
5. Final List of Titles: 20.12.2022 – 07.01.2023
After the pledging is closed, the allocated funding will be distributed to the publishers according to the voting of the KU Selection Committee.
6. Title Unlatching: 10.01.2023 – 31.12.2023
After all titles are cleared and accepted, they can be submitted for unlatching. Please note that all backlist titles can be unlatched right away and will have to be unlatched by May 2023 at the latest.