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Open Access Monographs : Publisher OA policies

An introduction to open access monographs aimed at our researchers at Goldsmiths, the guide provides an overview of funder requirements and the open access options available to Goldsmiths authors

Monograph publishers open access policies

For authors who wish to explore different publishing options, we have put together a non-exhaustive list of open access monograph publishers that you may wish to consider. 

This list includes publishers experimenting with innovative funding models who provide open access with no requirement for the author or institution to pay along with open access presses which charge BPCs. We have also created a selected list of the open access options offered by academic publishers who charge BPCs. 

Researchers who want to conduct a more comprehensive search of open access publishing options are encouraged to browse the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) by publisher or subject to identify authoritative publishers in their field who offer an open access route, with or without a book processing charge for authors. The DOAB Foundation is a non-profit entity based at the National Library of the Netherlands.

Researchers may also find it useful to consult the website of OAPEN who maintain a list of book publishers that comply with the open access requirements of the ERC and Wellcome Trust.

Policies by publisher

Publishers providing open access with no requirement for the author or institution to pay

Amherst College Press

ANU Press

Goldsmiths Press (Goldsmiths Press offer open access following an embargo period at no cost but also provide the option of immediate open access via the payment of a BPC)

Language Science Press

Lever Press

Mayfly Books

Media Studies Press

Open Book Publishers

Open Humanities Press

Punctum Books

Tampere University Press

University of Calgary Press

WAC Clearinghouse

Winchester University Press

Initiatives and publishing schemes providing open access with no requirement for the author or institution to pay

Bloomsbury Open Collections initiative

Cambridge University Press ‘Flip it Open’ scheme

Central European University (CEU) Press – Opening the Future initiative

Cornell University Press - Signale Series

Liverpool University Press – Opening the Future initiative

MIT Press – Direct to Open initiative

UCL Press – BPC Waiver scheme

Initiatives and publishing schemes available to Early Career Researchers with no funding grant 

With limited resources available to fund the Gold open access monographs, early career researchers (ECRs) face significant barriers. To address this, several open access monograph initiatives to support ECRs have emerged that are outlined below.

OpenUp: Six well-established university presses from the UK (Bristol University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, University of Wales Press, UCL Press) have a collaborative project aimed to secure funding for a number of first books by UK-based early-career researchers. 

Royal Historical Society – New Historical Perspectives (NHP) series: New Historical Perspectives (NHP) is the Society’s book series for early career scholars (within ten years of their doctorate), commissioned and edited by the Royal Historical Society, in association with University of London Press and the Institute of Historical Research. All NHP titles are published as free open access editions, eBooks, and in hard and paperback formats by University of London Press.

British Academy Monographs series: The British Academy has produced a series of monographs that has provided an excellent publishing opportunity and showcase for British Academy-supported early career researchers. In 2022, the Academy published its first open access monograph as part of the series.

Some open access publishers who do not charge a Book Processing Charge (BPC) encourage submissions from ECRs. These include Open Book Publishers and Punctum Books.

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