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SpringerOpen open access books benefits


For increased readership

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SpringerOpen 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). 

In a Springer Nature white paper* we found that publishing an open access book with us can lead to seven times more downloads, 50% more citations, and ten 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. 

To reach a wider audience

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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

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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 since publication.

To comply with funder mandates

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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

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SpringerOpen 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

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We accept monographs, contributed volumes, proceedings, protocols, handbooks, 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

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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 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.

Print copies are also available for purchase on demand.

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

Free author services

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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.

Bookmetrix is a unique platform that Springer Nature developed in partnership with Altmetric. It gives authors a comprehensive overview of the reach, usage and readership of their book or chapter by providing various book-level and chapter-level metrics all in one place, so you can see how many downloads, citations and social shares your book has received.