MIT Press Launching D2O, a New Collective Action Model to Support OA

MIT Press is offering a new, collective action model, called Direct to Open (D2O) to support open access publication of digital monographs from the MIT Press. The D2O model aims to distribute the total financial success threshold for each collection across the estimated number of institutions expected to support it. The tier fees vary by institution type and size and reflect anticipated demand and institutional serials budgets. Libraries can commit to supporting D2O through the end of September 2021.

Direct to Open harnesses collective action to support open access to excellent scholarship. Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, in close collaboration with the library community, the model will:

  • Open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections (~90 titles per year) from 2022 via recurring participation fees.
  • Provide participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,300 titles), which will otherwise remain gated. Participating libraries will receive access even if the model is not successful.
  • Cover partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase.

An additional benefit for participating libraries is substantial discounting on the MIT Press Trade books collection on the Direct platform. The MIT Libraries are providing support for D2O as a major sponsor in the first year. Their generous contribution will allow us to reduce costs for smaller institutions.

By participating in Direct to Open, libraries have an opportunity to shift from buying digital monographs from the MIT Press once for a single collection to funding them "once for the world." Libraries must commit by September 30, 2021, to receive exclusive participation benefits.

Become a participating institution:

For questions concerning this offer please contact Emily Farrell at MIT Press at