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The growing demand for open access publishing has led Springer to expand our open access program to fully open access books as a further addition to our already established SpringerOpen journal portfolio. Authors in all disciplines now have the opportunity to publish open access books, including complete monographs, edited volumes, proceedings and SpringerBriefs.

Freely available online 

SpringerOpen books are freely and immediately available online at SpringerLink, and they are listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), increasing visibility and discoverability of your work. They are also automatically included in the Springer eBook Collections purchased by our library customers at no additional charge to ensure maximum distribution.

Copyright and open access license 

SpringerOpen books are published under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license, enabling editors/authors to retain copyright to their work.

Hiqh quality standards 

SpringerOpen books are published under the same high-level peer review, production and publishing processes as traditional Springer books.

Available in different formats 

The open access eBook is freely available online and accessible to anyone with an internet connection at anytime. In addition to this free electronic version, we offer a print edition for those who still wish to buy a printed book. The open access eBook is automatically included in Springer's eBook Collections at no additional cost. For patrons whose library offers the respective eBook Collection, the printed book is therefore exclusively available as a MyCopy softcover edition.

How does the business side of open access books work? 

Open access books operate under a reversed business model to subscription-based books. Instead of charging users a fee to read the content, they levy an open access fee at the beginning of the publication process enabling the book to be made freely available. The editor/author of the book is responsible for making or arranging the payment. Usually the editors/authors do not have to pay the fee themselves but can rely on institutions and funders, who take on the involved fees in various ways:
  • Central open access funds (e.g Austrian Science Fund)
  • Funds set up by societies, universities, financial institutions (e.g. the World Bank)
  • Publicly sponsored projects (e.g. European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

Authors benefit from our Open Access Membership Program 

BioMed Central
Together with BioMed Central we offer an Open Access Membership Program, which enables academic and research institutions, societies and funders to actively support open access. Authors at Member institutions who wish to publish a SpringeOpen book are entitled to a 15% loyalty discount on the publication fee, regardless of the type of Membership their institution has. We currently have over 400 institutional Open Access Membership agreements in over 45 countries. Visit the SpringerOpen website to find out whether your institution is a Member.
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Choose from over 480 fully OA journals or publish OA in our subscription-based journals with the Open Choice option.