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DOAB awarded the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award 2015

DOAB awarded the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award 2015

Leiden, The Netherlands  ()

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) - 24 August 2015

During the 2015 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was awarded to this year's winner, the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), to acknowledge their achievements to further the distribution of high quality open access books.

From 15 to 21 August 2015, the IFLA World Library and Information Congress was held in Cape Town (SA). It is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector, bringing together over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries.

On 18 August, the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was awarded to Eelco Ferwerda from the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) (the Netherlands).

Eelco Ferwerda: "We are thrilled and honoured to receive the Brill/IFLA award for Open Access, after such distinguished previous award winners as Open Book Publishers and Knowledge Unlatched. If you believe, as we do, that Open Access will become the dominant model for scholarly publishing, it is clear that we need to find ways to make monographs part of this transition to Open Access. DOAB tries to contribute to this transition by recognising OA book publishers and improving the discovery of OA books. We are very happy that Brill and IFLA are supporting Open Access for monographs through this award, and we hope it will help to strengthen DOAB as a global discovery service for OA books."

DOAB, the Directory of Open Access Books, is the discovery service for Open Access books. DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed books published under an OA business model, with links to the full text at the publisher's website. DOAB is a service of the OAPEN Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to Open Access monographs. 

For more information, view the original media alert about the 2015 IFLA/Brill Open Access Award.

Since 2011, 172 books have been published in the Brill Open Books program. Visit our website for more information about Brill Open Books.

About IFLA
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. IFLA is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with over 1400 members in 150 countries. Guided by our Strategic Plan 2010-2015 and Key Initiatives, we work to improve access to information and cultural heritage resources for the global community in this rapidly changing digital and print environment. For more information, visit

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 230 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company's key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For more information, visit

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