Peter Lang collaborates with Knowledge Unlatched (KU) in a cross-publisher initiative to promote the availability of academic research in Romance Studies. Unter the terms of the agreement, Peter Lang and the publishers Iberoamericana Vervuert and Walter de Gruyter will release a total of 12 titles from their backlists in Open Access. Published in the years 2012-2017, the monographs, collected volumes or dissertations must be written in either French or Spanish and cover the areas of French or Spanish Linguistics or Literary Studies.
In the project's second phase, starting in 2019, Peter Lang will publish five frontlist titles in Romance Studies per year in Gold Open Access, using the Knowledge Unlatched crowdfunding model to raise the publishing costs through libraries around the world. The titles will be selected by an independent editorial board and must fulfill the above-mentioned criteria. The agreement is scheduled to run for three years, from 2019-2021.