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SpringerOpen books

The growing demand for open access publishing across all disciplines 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 we now offer authors in a wide range of areas within science, technology and medicine (STM) and within humanities and social sciences the option to publish open access books.

SpringerOpen publishes a wide selection of open access books across various disciplines. All SpringerOpen books are freely available online at SpringerLink and listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). An overview of SpringerOpen books may be downloaded on Springer's MARC records website. 

Read more about why you should publish an open access book.

Check out the benefits for authors.

Send us your idea for an open access book or chapter.

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Partner with us for your next open access book series

We partner with funders, research centres, and organisations to publish open access books series. Partners can also publish “hybrid” book series with us, which include both open access and non-open access books.

​​​​​​​Find out more about our open access book partnership opportunities.

Why publish a SpringerOpen book?

Freely available online
SpringerOpen books are freely and immediately available online at SpringerLink upon publication and are clearly labeled as 'open access'. They are accessible to anyone worldwide, which ensures distribution to the widest possible audience.

High visibility
In addition to SpringerLink, Web of Science and Scopus, all SpringerOpen 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. SpringerOpen books are also automatically included in Springer's eBook Collections at no additional charge to ensure maximum distribution.

Authors retain copyright
SpringerOpen books are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license, so they can be reused and redistributed as long as the original author is attributed. Other Creative Commons licenses may be available on request.

All book types accepted
SpringerOpen accepts complete monographs, edited volumes, proceedings, and SpringerBriefs.

Available in different formats
The open access eBook is freely available online and accessible to anyone with an internet connection at any time. In addition to this free electronic version, a print edition is offered 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.

High quality standards
SpringerOpen books are subject to the same high level peer-review, production and publishing processes followed by traditional Springer books.

Authors benefit from our Open Access Membership Program
SpringerOpen books charge an open access fee at the beginning of the publication process. Authors at our over 400 Member institutions receive a 15% loyalty discount on this publication fee, regardless of the type of Membership their institution has.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does it cost to publish a SpringerOpen book?

SpringerOpen books charge a publication fee at the beginning of the publication process. This fee varies depending on the number of pages per book.

2. My institution participates in the open access membership program. Do I benefit from this membership when publishing a SpringerOpen book?

Yes, you do benefit from your institution's open access membership. If your institution is a member, you will receive a 15% loyalty discount on the publication fee, regardless of the type of membership.

3. How are SpringerOpen books licensed? 

The Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license is the default license for SpringerOpen books, but if you would prefer to use another CC license, please let us know so that we can accommodate your request.

4. I want to publish a SpringerOpen book. Who should I contact?

Please get in touch with your existing publishing contact at Springer or email

Download our leaflet to learn more about the benefits of publishing an open access book or chapter with SpringerOpen.

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Comprehensive guide to open access books and chapters

If you're interested in learning more about how it all works, check out our Author Guide to Open Access Books. There's a German version too.

SpringerOpen features

  • Open access - publications are freely available online
  • Rigorous peer review
  • Authors retain copyright
  • High visibility
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