The proposal for Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) from the Amsterdam University Press together with five European University Presses within the eContentplus Programme, has been selected for negotiations on funding. Agreements are expected this May and if the programme really gets funded, it is scheduled to start in September 2008.
Being the first programme of this kind it could be reshaping the world of scientific publishing:
“OAPEN intends to develop and implement an Open Access publication model for peer reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This Open Access publication model will also serve as a model in other scientific domains and improve the spread of European research results. The project aims to achieve a sustainable European approach to improve the quantity, visibility and usability of high quality academic research and foster the creation of new content by developing future-oriented publishing solutions, including an Online Library.” (source)