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The right place to publish Open Access Book in the Humanities

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Authors, who wish to publish Open Access book, face at some point the problem of choosing the right publisher. In every case, a choice of publisher is a very individual decision and it depends on the author’s preference of license model, the cost of APCs, and in many cases, also on the requirements of the institution’s research funding.  There are a lot of options in the scientific publishing market; small and large publishing houses, universities, foundations, etc. So, where to publish?

I would like to introduce a short list of publishers or publishing initiatives for publishing books and monographs in the humanities & social sciences. The list is not exhaustive but shows some interesting possibilities for an OA authors.

  1. De Gruyter Open DG Open specializes in publishing OA books and journals across many disciplines. The publisher offers comprehensive peer-review of submitted proposals and manuscripts, conversion to PDF format and a Creative Commons copyright license. The publisher sells printed copies to libraries and individuals through both external distributors and its own platform, and collects royalties for authors on print copy sales. What is more, since Versita is still developing its OA books model, there are currently no APCs for accepted manuscripts. More details can be found HERE.
  2. Hamburg University Press publishes selected works of scientists from the University of Hamburg as well as other scientific and science-related institutions. The APCs are agreed on between the publisher and the author. The authors may choose CC license.
  3. Monash University Publishing. Monash is one of the largest Australian universities. They publish books in an epub format, which is compatible with mobile devices. MUP concentrates on open access publishing, particularly but not exclusively, scholarly monographs. Books pass through a peer review process. The publisher allows submissions from non-Monash authors.
  4. Springer Open accepts all books types and publishes under CC BY-NC license. The level of APCs depends on the number of pages. The publisher offers a print-on-demand option for OA books.
  5. Open Book Publishers publishes books in hardback, paperback, PDF and ebook editions, but it does also offer an open access model. Books submitted to the publisher are peer-reviewed and authors are free to choose a license model, however the publisher recommends CC-BY. The publisher also charges APCs.
  6. Open Humanities Press is an initiative for Open Access monographs. All OHP publications are fully peer-reviewed. Right now the Open Humanities Press offers 5 book series.
  7. Bloomsbury Academic publishes OA books in the humanities and social sciences. Bloomsbury publishes books under CC BY-NC license. Most books are published in an OA model.
  8. The Open Library of Humanities is a new initiative for OA books. It is still at an early stage of development. More about OLH can be found in this post.

 

The above list is only a selection of a wide range of offers for authors who want to publish in OA. There are many small initiatives and projects focused on OA books. Moreover, universities interested in Open Access usually offer an option to publish in this model through in-house publishing. Well known and prestigious universities, like Harvard or Cambridge, try to encourage their academics to publish within the university. At the moment, OA publishers focus mostly on journals, however an increasing number extend their offer to OA books. Thanks to that, academics specializing in the humanities and social sciences, that want to publish their monographs in Open Access, have an increasingly wider choice.

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  1. As the article says, the choice of publisher is entirely as personal one; however, authors can often receive better treatment from small and medium sized publishers: it is the exactly the same for OA projects as for non-OA projects. Authors should therefore seriously consider smaller OA publishers too. Dr Melinda Taylor, Chartridge Books Oxford

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