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SpringerOpen open access books FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a selection of FAQs for interested authors. For a more comprehensive insight into our open access books program, please download our author guide.

  1. When did Springer start its open access books program?
  2. What is open access?
  3. Why should I publish an open access book or chapter?
  4. Why is SpringerOpen the best choice for my book?
  5. What are my rights? What licensing is used?
  6. What does the open access publication charge cover?
  7. How much does it cost?
  8. How can I get funding for open access book publication charges?
  9. How can I submit an open access book or chapter proposal?

1) When did Springer start its open access books program?

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SpringerOpen was launched in June 2010, initially for journals. We helped to pioneer open access book publishing, first piloting open access publication for books in 2011, due to the growing demand for open access and the success of our SpringerOpen journals. In August 2012 we officially launched our open access books program.

2) What is open access?

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Open access refers to immediate, free and unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. This means that the content is open to all, with no embargo period or reading fees, and sharing and re-use of the work is permitted.

3) Why should I publish an open access book or chapter?

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There are many reasons why authors choose to publish their research open access with us:

- For increased readership

- To reach a wider audience

- To have an impact on science, society and culture

- To comply with funders' open access mandates

Check out our Benefits page for more information.

4) Why is SpringerOpen the best choice for my book?

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SpringerOpen publishes open access books and chapters across a wide range of academic fields within science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. In addition to the benefits of publishing an open access book mentioned here, we have a flexible offering to suit all needs.

- Leaders in open access book publishing

One of the reasons we’re able to offer such innovative and comprehensive support for our open access book authors is because we have been at the forefront of open access books publishing. We were one of the first major publishers to launch an OA book program, back in August 2012.

- High quality standards

Our open access ebooks adhere to the same high-level quality peer-review, production and publishing processes followed for non-open access books published by Springer.

- Different book types accepted

We accept scholarly 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, handbooks, protocols and proceedings.

- Print availability

Print copies are also available for purchase at a reduced price.

- Freely and immediately available for readers

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

*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.

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. You can see how many downloads, citations and social shares your book has received.

5) What are my rights? What licensing is used?

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SpringerOpen books and chapters are published under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution v4.0 International License). The CC BY license is the most open license available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This license allows readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter, transform, or build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is credited.

Other Creative Commons licenses are available on request: please contact your editor to discuss this. However, before requesting an alternative license you are advised to check your funder's requirements, to ensure compliance.

Read more about licensing and copyright on our policy page.

Find out about self-archiving content published via immediate open access here.

Find out about self-archiving for books which have not been published open access here.

6) What does the open access publication charge cover?

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A book or chapter processing charge (BPC/CPC) covers all the costs of commissioning, copyediting and proofreading, production, dissemination and promotion of our authors’ work, including online hosting and indexing. 

Open access titles receive the same high quality service and production standards as our non-open access titles. 

The charge also reflects our use of the CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution v4.0 International License) as the default for our open access books. The CC BY license means that we may not make any further revenues from the title.

7) How much does it cost?

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Monographs and collected volumes (up to 400 pages)




Proceedings (up to 400 pages)




Springer Briefs (mid-length format, 50-125 pages)




Chapters in non-open access books (up to 40 pages)




VAT/local taxes are added where applicable.

For other book types such as books longer than 400 pages, textbooks, or reference works, please get in touch with a commissioning editor.

Our default licence is CC BY 4.0; other licence types are available on request.

8) How can I get funding for open access book publication charges?

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Many funders and institutions now allow you to apply for funding to publish your research open access, either at the point of applying for the research funding or once you have completed the research.

To find out about sources of funding for BPCs, visit our open research funding support service webpage.

9) How can I submit an open access book or chapter proposal?

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Contact one of our publishing editors in your discipline to discuss your proposal. 


Contact one of our publishing editors in your discipline to discuss your proposal.