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Open Access

Books and chapters

While green and gold open access publishing models are well established for journals, the scholarly book market is more complex. There is no single model for publishing a book open access.

Author payment
Traditional publishers such as Springer, Palgrave and Cambridge University Press facilitate open access through a gold publishing program. Under this model, the author pays a book processing charge (BPC) to the publisher. Typically, the open access version will be available for download on the publisher site and the publisher may also sell a printed version.

Institutionally supported
These open access publishers are most common to university presses. The majority of university and scholarly presses that publish open access monographs do not charge authors a publication fee. 

This model uses the library acquisition budget as a source of support. Knowledge Unlatched is an example of a consortia approach, whereby multiple university libraries share open access publication costs for selected titles.

Some publishers allow author self-archiving of book chapters. Publishers may allow authors to upload a single chapter, which will usually be the post-peer-review, pre-production version. Contacting publishers directly is the best method of determining a publisher's self-archiving policy for books and chapters.


Looking for an open access book? The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a centralised service for discovering OA books and publishers.

Further support

Contact your Outreach Librarian.