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Springer open access books benefits

Why should you publish your research as an open access book?

For increased readership

Springer open access books are freely and immediately available online from our official platform, SpringerLink, upon publication and are clearly identified as 'open access'. Anyone worldwide can download open access research, which ensures your work is visible to the widest possible audience. SpringerLink receives around 285 million visits each year from 127 million unique visitors (Source: infographic). 

Publishing an open access book with us can lead to 10 times more downloads, 2.4 times more citations, and 10 times more online mentions on average than publishing a book through the non-open access route*.

In addition to SpringerLink, your open access book or chapter will be hosted and indexed by our partner platforms and indexers to enhance the visibility and discoverability of your work. 

*The OA Effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books? and Diversifying readership through open access: A usage analysis for OA books.

To reach a wider audience

Open access books can have a more geographically diverse readership, reaching 61% more countries on average than non-open access books.

Open access can encourage a wider readership for scholarly books, especially in regions where readers would not be able to afford a print edition of the book. 

Publishing an open access book can also facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration as well as help with raising a greater understanding of the research outside your traditional academic community.

To have an impact on science, society and culture

Do you want your work to have an impact on the research community and on policy makers? Publishing a peer-reviewed open access book means that the research can travel further and faster.

For Dr. Roseli Pellens, permanent researcher at the Paris Museum of Natural History and author of Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics, it was critical that the research was read as widely as possible, “because we were dealing with a subject that is quite pressing,” with an opportunity to influence biodiversity strategies internationally.

The book was downloaded more than 70,000 times in its first year of publication.

To comply with funder mandates

Your research grant or governmental policies may require that your research be made available open access.

We offer the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) License by default, to ensure maximum reuse and redistribution as long as the original author is attributed; this license is preferred by many funders. Other Creative Commons licenses are available on request.

High quality standards

Springer open access books adhere to the same high-level quality peer-review, production and publishing processes followed for all Springer books.

Peer review is an integral part of the book submission and evaluation process. The peer review system ensures that published research is rigorous and meets the international standards set by each discipline. We engage in a collaborative refereeing process for all our books including open access titles. Read more about publishing with Springer.

Different book types accepted

We accept monographs, contributed volumes, proceedings, protocols, handbooks, major reference works, textbooks and short-form books (SpringerBriefs). We also offer you the option to publish individual chapters open access within otherwise non-open access contributed volumes, protocols, handbooks and proceedings.

Availability and distribution

Open access books and chapters are made available immediately on publication via SpringerLink, Springer Nature’s platform for all published content. 

Readers can access the research free of charge in PDF, ePub and HTML* formats from SpringerLink and through other platforms and indexers we partner with, including MOBI through Amazon.

In addition to SpringerLink, Web of Science, Scopus and the OAPEN Library, all Springer open access books are listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and, where appropriate, PubMed’s NCBI Bookshelf. Inclusion on these sites enhances the visibility and discoverability of your work. Springer open access books are also automatically included in Springer's eBook Collections at no additional charge to ensure maximum distribution.

Print copies are also available for purchase on demand.

*For some computer science titles, HTML or ePub may not be available.

Free author services

We offer a free open access funding and policy support service to make it easier for our authors to discover and apply for funding to cover the Book Processing Charge (BPC).

MySpringer for authors allows you to track the progress of your book in the publication process, as well as download your book performance report.

SpringerLink gives authors an insight into how your open access book is being used and talked about, by providing an overview of how many downloads, citations and Altmetric mentions your book has received.