Opening the Past Today

Making OA Accessible for All

Open Access (OA) refers to peer-reviewed research that is free to read. Its global accessibility benefits readers and authors alike. Open access for books makes publicly-funded research widely available to all.

While equitable for readers, many models for OA books are prohibitive for authors in the humanities. In our model, the press and library and institutional funders join to create a cost-effective front-list of OA monographs, with the same high-quality print editions also available for purchase in multiple formats.

A Partnership Approach

Arc Humanities Press and Amsterdam University Press are both committed to converting as much as possible of their front-list of monographs to OA.

We welcome member institutions as partners. Arc itself is committed to reducing its monograph production costs to a quarter that of comparable North American university presses.

Maintaining full peer review, high editing and production standards, but at reduced costs allows Arc and AUP and their partners to publish far more Open Access books than elsewhere.

Join our OA Supporter Partnership. Your participation will bring top-quality historical research in an inclusive way to a global audience.

Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Arc Humanities & Amsterdam Univ. Presses

Arc Humanities Press publishes scholarly research across premodern interdisciplinary studies. Its unique focus in the medieval period is on:

• the late antique, medieval, and early modern periods from a global perspective
• «edgy» and inclusive research (in terms of topics and practitioners)
• research that crosses disciplinary boundaries, including digital humanities
• research that fosters better public engagement in, and understanding, of the past and links with the contemporary world.

Arc is the publishing house for the global learned society for medievalists, CARMEN, and works with other continent-wide associations of medievalists.

Amsterdam University Press is the largest university press in mainland Europe. It publishes five lists in English: Asian Studies; Film, Media & Communication Studies; Social & Political Sciences; Language & Literature; but almost half the output falls under History. The History list’s great strength is in the early-modern period, featuring:

• art and culture of the Dutch «Golden Age»
• women’s and gender studies
• research that crosses boundaries
• East Asian and Southeast Asian premodern history and contact.

AUP’s commitment to Open Access has been long-standing, helping found the OAPEN platform at the Dutch Royal Library, and having already converted vast numbers of its backlist to Open Access.