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Open Access Primer

How to publish your book open access

Choose a publisher

The right publisher for your book makes a difference for your readers and its accessibility.  

If you are in a university position, where you publish may be a factor for tenure and promotion. Some well-regarded university presses have open access options, and other newer open access options are also available.

Advice on contracts


Book Processing Charges / Chapter Processing Charges

BPCs and CPCs are relatively new and publishers are still working on how to cover their publishing costs. The variance is even greater than with article processing charges. One recent study cites: €500 to €18,500 ($585 - $21,640) for BPCs. 

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Finding Academic Open Access Books

 A selective list:

  • OAPEN: Open Access Publishing in European Networks (provides the searchable OAPEN Library containing freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences)
  • DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books (a discovery service for OA academic peer-reviewed books)
  • Open Book Publishers (free e-books in the field of humanities and social sciences)
  • Open Humanities Press (an international open access publishing initiative)
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