Book Author

If you have written or contemplate writing a book, you may want to consider publishing it in Open Access. In this model, the book is available online to all interested readers, who do not have to pay for accessing its contents.

All De Gruyter Open books are published under a Creative Commons license (we use CC-BY-NC-ND as a rule, unless otherwise required by funders), which means that authors retain copyright to their work. The De Gruyter Open Access Books program welcomes submissions of monographs, textbooks, edited volumes and reference works. All books are also offered in print format.

Why choose open access for books?

For decades, books have been an important format of scholarly communication, especially in the humanities and social sciences. Many scholars must publish monographs for career advancement. Since the 1970s, sales of monographs have significantly dropped, mostly because libraries spend a growing part of their budgets on journals. Commercial publishers have become very selective in book acquisition, so scholars face serious problems with publishing their manuscripts.

Up until now, Open Access publishing has made its biggest impact within the journal market, primarily in the field of science. However, it is now increasingly focusing on books, while opening up to the humanities and social sciences. Open Access is known to attract a wide audience, to expand readership and even to increase the sales of printed copies. Electronic publishing technology offers many utilities, similar to the ones found in journals (full-text search, reference linking etc.). Due to lower costs and unrestricted access, open access monographs can also be made to reach niche audiences for particularly specialized books.

Why publish with De Gruyter Open?

One may say that in the Internet era authors do not need publishers. Every author can convert his or her manuscript to PDF format and put it online. This is a fundamental misunderstanding. Academic publishers add professional value, no matter whether they publish a book in the traditional (paid access) model, or in open access. De Gruyter Open provides:

  • rigorous and comprehensive peer-review of submitted proposals and manuscripts
  • English language copy-editing by native English speaking specialists in the field (in some subject areas we accept also manuscripts in other languages)
  • professional composition of the manuscript in PDF format
  • hosting the book on a sophisticated platform, which offers many functionalities, e.g. active links in references
  • printed copies sold to libraries and individuals, by De Gruyter Open and distributors (e.g. Amazon)
  • complimentary printed copies for book author and editors
  • royalties for the author from print copy sales
  • indexing by Google and other search engines
  • e-book delivery to libraries and full-text repositories (e.g. Google Book Search)
  • Creative Commons copyright license

For more details on De Gruyter Open Open Access book program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Publication charges, waiver policy and funding

De Gruyter Open applies the author-pays model to support publication costs, and charges a flat fee of 10,000 euros for any monograph, textbook, edited volume or reference work published.

In order to help authors De Gruyter Open has introduced a waiver and discount policy. For information on whether you are eligible, please contact the Managing Editor in your discipline.

De Gruyter Open also provides thorough and constantly updated information on available funding for open access publications. For details please visit here:(

New Book Proposal Form

If you wish to submit a new book proposal, please fill in our New Book Proposal Form and return it in electronic form by e-mail to your contact person at De Gruyter Open. If you have not been in touch with a De Gruyter Open representative, please send to You can also contact the Managing Editor for your subject area.