SciELO open access ebooks, an interview with Nicholas Cop

Open Access ebook collections are on the rise. One of the newer collections is SciELO (pronounced like the initials C-L-O).  The SciELO ebooks operation began in March of 2012 and officially announced itself to the international community last month.  I interviewed Nicholas Cop, President of Nicholas Cop Consulting and principle consultant of the SciELO program this week.  The interview is in English.  Those needing more information about SciELO in Spanish or Portuguese are asked to visit the website at

Here is more information about SciELO:

What is SciELO?

SciELO is a Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) that is implemented through the Federal University of São Paulo Foundation (FapUNIFESP). SciELO began in 1998 as an OA academic e-journal operation. Today it is known and respected globally for indexing and publishing peer-reviewed Open Access academic e-journals that promote the advancement of research by facilitating the communication of its results. SciELO’s goals have always been to increase the visibility, access and impact of research from emerging and developing countries. SciELO publishes over 1000 journal titles mainly from Latin America and Caribbean but also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa. Each day an average of over 1M articles are downloaded from the SciELO site.

The eBook operation began March 31, 2012 and is conducted via a non profit consortia of academic presses.

SciELO eBooks

Currently the collection is comprised of peer-reviewed Open Access eBooks and eBooks sale in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Public Health. Publishers who wish to join SciELO are evaluated by the SciELO Advisory Committee. Publishers join SciELO because it gives them tremendous visibility, brand recognition and makes viable the access to global marketing services.

SciELO eBook statistics (April 2013)

– Six academic publishers from Brazil; 306 titles, 253 OA, 437 authors.

– Almost 1.8 million downloads since March 2012

– First Thematic Collection:  Botanical Gardens of Rio.
– Available in PDF and ePub, download of individual chapters or complete book

– Most eBooks have publications dates 2008-2011. Start from 1997.

– An OPDS catalog is available



– Portuguese

– Expanding to include other academic presses in Latin America & the Caribbean (Spanish, English)

– In the near future, identified thematic collections will be translated into English, Spanish, French and German.


Where? (eBooks)

Twitter feed for eBooks – @SciELOBooks  Over 1,100 followers (e-journals)



SciELO eBooks and e-journals are in the process of being indexed by the major Discovery Services (SUMMON is one that recently announced). The eBooks are also available via the eBook retailer  Kobo (since March 2012). Other eBook retailers will soon be announced. The eBooks will also be available  through eBook aggregators that sell to institutions.