ScholarLed member Open Book Publishers (OBP) is seeking to appoint a European Co-ordinator as part of the OPERAS-P (Open Scholarly Communication in the European Research Area for Social Sciences and Humanities – Preparation) project.

The European Co-ordinator will facilitate exchange between the various library and scholarly publishing communities within the EU, and the international Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project.

This is a fixed-term, 18-month position funded by the EU through the OPERAS-P project.

About OBP

OBP is a leading Open Access (OA) book publisher in the UK: a not-for-profit Social Enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. We are founder members of the ScholarLed group and partners in both OPERAS-P and the COPIM project.


OPERAS-P will support the development of OPERAS, the European Research infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). This will entail implementing a network of services supporting researchers needs, supporting outreach, and supporting advocacy and innovation in the open scholarly communication ecosystem. The implementation of innovative services will address the development of transnational access to publication services, based on the adoption of common standards and the interoperability between publishing services.

Further details about OPERAS-P are available at


COPIM is a strategic international partnership funded by the Research England Development fund and other contributors, consisting of world-class universities, presses, libraries and infrastructure providers. It will address the major technological, structural and organisational issues – including those of funding, production, dissemination, discovery, reuse and archiving – that currently stand in the way of the wider adoption and impact of OA books. COPIM aims to realign OA book publishing away from competing commercial service providers to a more horizontal and cooperative knowledge-sharing approach.

Further details about COPIM are available at

About the position

This is an exciting role facilitating a key aspect of the OPERAS-P project: the development of transnational access to publication services, based on the adoption of common standards and the interoperability between publishing services. The successful candidate will co-ordinate closely with the COPIM project to ensure that the particular considerations of European countries are incorporated into the design of the OA infrastructures and systems that COPIM will create, and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between OPERAS-P and COPIM.

The European Co-ordinator will work to facilitate knowledge exchange across all components of the OPERAS-P and COPIM projects, with particular focus on the library coalition funding model and the creation of sustainable business models for OA book publishing. They will be expected to have a particular awareness of institutional and linguistic differences and concerns among the various library and scholarly publishing communities within the EU.

Particular responsibilities will include: researching and identifying alternative business models to support Open Access book publishing; preparing scoping reports and other types of reports as required within the OPERAS-P project, which will cover the creation of effective library consortia funding frameworks, and transition plans for publishers wishing to adopt OA publishing practices; arranging workshops and designing and implementing surveys addressing library consortia funding models, OA monograph publishing business models, and transition paths to OA book publishing within the EU; attending relevant workshops and meetings arranged by OPERAS-P and COPIM; supporting EU participants attending COPIM-arranged workshops in the UK.

This position may particularly suit somebody with experience in open access book programmes within a library setting, and we would be willing to consider structuring this position as a secondment from an existing appointment.


•    Understanding of the institutional library environment(s) across Europe.
•    Experience undertaking research interviews and delivering research reports, particularly in a social science setting.
•    Knowledge and engagement with Open Access developments, particularly for books.
•    Understanding of the issues and concerns in Humanities academic book publishing and research environments.
•    Understanding of professional sensitivities/confidential matters and research ethics.
•    Willingness to work flexibly with a variety of team members within both OPERAS-P and COPIM.
•    Willingness to travel.
•    Strong communication skills.
•    Excellent spoken and written English.
•    Undergraduate degree.


•    Fluent in English and at least one European language.
•    Background in Humanities research.
•    Postgraduate degree.


•    Preferably based in the OBP offices in Cambridge, UK.
•    Will consider applicants who wish to work remotely.

Starting date: 3rd January 2020.

Employment period: 18 months full time.

Salary: Salary range £25k - £40k (gross) per annum, commensurate with experience.

Closing date for applications: 18 November 2019.

To apply, please email Dr Rupert Gatti at with a cover letter and CV.

Please also contact Dr Gatti with any questions about this position.