1. What are the advantages of publishing in open access as opposed to the traditional print model?
As a publishing model, Open Access enables your research to reach the widest possible audience. It also allows you to share the results with the global scholarly community. So far, Open Access has been successfully used for journals and now we seek to apply it to monographs. Not only has research refuted the assumption that Open Access jeopardizes print sales, it has in fact shown that the publishing model can significantly increase them. Electronic Publishing also offers many additional features that are not available in traditional formats, such as reference linking, full-text search etc. As the cost of handling Open Access publishing is lower, one can afford publishing very specialized books, which otherwise, due to their small potential audience, might not have been accepted for print by traditional academic publishers.
2. Why choose De Gruyter Open over other open access publishers?
De Gruyter Open has been on the market for more than a decade now and within this relatively short amount of time, with over 300 Open Access journals in its portfolio, it has managed to establish itself as one of the leading scholarly Open Access Publishers. During this time, we have acquired substantial Open Access publishing know-how. We know how to approach Open Access publishing and we do it with high efficiency and with high standards in mind. The De Gruyter Open team is made up of young, creative and competent people who take pride in working on this pioneering project. In January 2012, the De Gruyter Open company was acquired by De Gruyter, a prominent scholarly publisher with a 260-year history. We are honored to cooperate with the most distinguished scholars in their respective disciplines and seek their advice regarding our publishing portfolio.
3. What is the main idea behind the society-pays offer?
In the society-pays model, De Gruyter Open would: 1. host the electronic book on sophisticated platform, 2. apply the book to all applicable abstracting databases, and deliver abstracts to such databases, 3. apply the book to Thomson for coverage in Book Citation Index, 4. distribute full-text to numerous repositories, distributors and libraries worldwide, 5. provide many other production, marketing and distribution services. All of these services are essential for professional electronic publication of your book. De Gruyter Open charges a fee per each book published.
4. What are the main benefits of the society-pays offer?
If you take advantage of our society-pays offer, here are the key benefits:
- wider access
- more readers
- more citations
- greater awareness
- De Gruyter Open brand
- reasonable costs
- you do not get involved in publishing
- high technology.
5. What are the advantages in terms of distribution?
Publishing a book in the Open Access model opens its contents to all interested readers, who can access it without any barriers. Moreover, De Gruyter Open delivers the full-text to many repositories and distributors, and authenticates access for many academic and other libraries.
6. What are the advantages in terms of marketing?
Societies and other organizations that publish books usually undertake very little marketing. Today there are tens of thousands of scholarly and professional books published every year. It is therefore critical to make the research community aware and interested in your book. De Gruyter Open promotes books through its website and beyond, applying for abstracting databases to index them, as well as supplying the abstracts. We optimize search results in Google and other search engines, so that your book appears at the top of search results. Thanks to many such techniques, books published by De Gruyter Open have many times more downloads than print runs of traditionally published books.
7. What are the advantages in terms of publishing technology?
Generally, societies and smaller organizations can only afford very basic electronic publishing solutions. If they do propose an ebook, it usually consists of a plain PDF file on their own servers or on the servers of the distributors. As a result, readers cannot enjoy all the possibilities offered by modern publishing technology solutions. Books published by De Gruyter Open are available through a sophisticated hosting platform, and they are distributed by chapter. Readers can, for instance, appreciate reference linking which opens abstracts of cited articles with a single click.