Leuven University Press participates in Path to Open pilot

18th April, 2023 in Latest news

We’re excited to announce our participation in Path to Open, a program to support the open access publication of new groundbreaking scholarly books that will bring diverse perspectives and research to millions of people.

Launching as a pilot, Path to Open libraries will contribute funds to enable participating presses – including Leuven University Press – to publish new books on JSTOR that will transition from licensed to open access within three years of publication. The initial pilot will produce about one thousand open access monographs. If successful, it will lay the foundation for an entirely new way to fund long-form scholarship while vastly increasing its impact.

Path to Open was shaped through discussions convened by the American Council of Learned Societies of university presses, library leaders, and scholars. This new community-supported funding model will provide libraries with affordable access to diverse, high-quality frontlist titles, support sustainable university press publishing in the humanities and social sciences, help authors reach a global audience, and advance equity of access to underserved researchers around the world.

First Leuven University Press titles to join the Path to Open program:

Ferenczi Dialogues. On Trauma and Catastrophe, Raluca Soreanu, Jakob Staberg, and Jenny Willner
Living Politics in the City. Architecture as Catalyst for Public Space, edited by Marion Hohlfeldt and Carmen Popescu

The ebooks will be available at JSTOR in October 2023, the Open Access ebooks will be released in 2026.

Interested in Path to Open?

Authors interested in learning more about this program can send an email to or contact:

Managing director & Publisher
Nienke Roelants

Acquisitions Editor
Mirjam Truwant