Members of ScholarLed

The aim of the collective is to explore the potential of working together. This includes developing systems and practices that allow presses to provide each other with forms of mutual support, ranging from pooled expertise to shared on- and offline infrastructures. Members of the consortium each retain their distinct identity as publishers, with different audiences, processes, business models and stances towards Open Access. What they share, however, is a commitment to opening up scholarly research to diverse readerships, to resisting the marketization of academic knowledge production, and to working collaboratively rather than in competition.


Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

We are key partners in the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project, a major international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers that is building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures to enable open access book publishing to flourish.

COPIM began as a three-year project, in November 2019, and funded by a £2.2 million grant from Research England and an £800,000 grant from Arcadia Fund. COPIM's work was extended by the Open Book Futures project (2023–2026), with additional grants from Arcadia and Research England.

Among the COPIM initiatives are the Open Book Collective (with a ScholarLed package), the Thoth metadata platform, the Experimental Publishing Compendium, and the Opening the Future funding model.

You can stay in touch with developments in COPIM’s work via its website, its comprehensive open documentation site and via X.


Read more about our plans

Members of ScholarLed have written on our blog and elsewhere about the ethos that underlies the consortium and other groups that share our aims and with whom we work.


ScholarLed members have been developing various resources, tools, and software to support scholar-led publishing. In the spirit of community building we are sharing these here and on Github. Please get in touch if you have any questions about these resources.