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OpenEdition Center, Aix-Marseille University, the EHESS and Avignon University


Record Updated: Apr 19, 2024
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OpenEdition is a comprehensive digital infrastructure for academic communication in the humanities and social sciences. It brings together four complementary platforms focused respectively on journals (OpenEdition Journals), book series (OpenEdition Books), research blogs (Hypotheses) and academic events (Calenda).


  • The development of open access digital publishing
  • The dissemination of uses and skills related to digital publishing
  • Research and innovation around the methods of showcasing and searching for information entailed by digital technology
  • Guaranteeing a high level of reliability and availability across the platforms
  • OpenEdition is part of the French National Plan for Open Science.

    Key Achievements

  • Over 14,000 books in the OpenEdition Books catalog.
  • Over 600 journals in the OpenEdition Journals catalog.
  • Over 4,700 research blogs in the Hypotheses catalog.
  • More than 54,000 events on Calenda.
  • This represents over a million documents, 94% of which are open access.
  • Additional Information

    Organizational History

  • Between 1999 and 2007 the project was launched at the University of Avignon, and then in Marseille, at the premises of the EHESS.
  • Over the period 2007–2017 the project expanded at pace and gained a legal structure as a CNRS joint service unit (UMS). It was called the “Centre for Open Electronic Publishing” (Cleo) until 2017.
  • Since 2013 the OpenEdition project has been strengthened by funding from the Equipex programme and the internationalization of the platforms, grouped into a single OpenEdition portal.
  • In 2018 the platform became OpenEdition Journals, and the Cleo was renamed OpenEdition Center.

    Organizational Structure

    Business or Ownership Model

    Fiscal sponsorship (academic institution)

    Full-time Staff



    Primary Funding Source


    Funding Needs

    OpenEdition needs funding to

    • strengthen its efforts to develop and support open access via the Freemium programme:
    • develop the involvement of its communities by recruiting dedicated staff
    • consolidate its technical infrastructure through new IT developments