Open access for authors

Green open access

All authored research monographs can take part in our green open access policy.

After the embargo period, you may place the proof copy of your monograph on your institutional repository. In addition you may place one chapter from the original manuscript (not the published version) of your monograph on any non-commercial, non-profit subject repository. You are responsible for retaining the PDF of the proof copy and for providing the PDF to your institution.

The embargo period is 36 months from the publication of the most recent edition. So, if a paperback is published after the hardback edition, the embargo extends to 36 months from the later paperback publication date.

This policy does not apply to textbooks, handbooks, edited collections, critical editions or reference works.

Gold open access

Monograph gold open access

Gold open access is available for authored research monographs for a book processing charge of £8,000, payable when you submit your typescript.

This policy only applies to authored research monographs. It does not apply to textbooks, handbooks, edited collections, critical editions or reference works.

Chapter gold open access

Individual chapters in an edited collection can be made open access. The chapter processing charge is £1,500. Only that chapter will be made available open access, not the entire collection.

The price of the ebook edition of the volume will be reduced to reflect the element of the book that is open access.

Open access for published books

If the most recent edition of your book was published more than 18 months ago, you can flip it to open access for a book processing charge of £3000. For books published less than 18 months ago, the standard book processing charge of £8,000 applies.

You can flip an individual chapter in an edited collection published more than 18 months ago to open access for a chapter processing charge of £500. Again, if the most recent edition of the book was published less than 18 months ago, the standard chapter processing charge of £1,500 applies.

Your copyright

Gold open access books and chapters are published under a Creative Commons licence.

We recommend you select the CC-BY-NC licence.

CC: Creative Commons. Anyone may download and share your work

BY: By Attribution. You must always be credited as the author

NC: Non-Commercial. The open access version may not be sold or used commercially

You may use a less restrictive licence if you prefer; just let your commissioning editor know.

From manuscript to open access book

Your manuscript will be reviewed, copy-edited and typeset to our usual high standards. The only difference is that the ebook will be available for anyone to access and download free of charge. Our open access pdfs and epubs are DRM-free.

Open access distribution

Edinburgh University Press will submit the open access ebook and supporting metadata to KU Open Services. They will integrate your book into all relevant indexing systems such as DOAB, Google Scholar, ProQuest Serial Solutions, ExLibris (Primo Central), EBSCO Discovery Service, Knowledge Base, Worldcat and others. Your book will be hosted on OAPEN, HathiTrust and JSTOR, and will be archived with Portico, CLOCKKS and MARC21-Records. Quarterly usage reports will give you insight to where and how your open access book is being used by academics around the globe.

Open access books are also available on this website. And you may also place the open access edition of your book in your institutional repository and any subject repositories of your choosing.

If we think there is a market for it, we will also print copies of your monograph, which will be available for sale. We will pay you royalties on any sales, as agreed in your contract.

Submitting your open access proposal

Simply note in the open access section of your book proposal that you would like your book to be considered as an open access publication and give brief details about your source of funding. Then submit your proposal to the commissioning editor for your subject in the usual way.

I already have a monograph contract with Edinburgh University Press. Can I change this to an open access contract?

Contact your commissioning editor to discuss changing your contract to a gold open access contract.

Using third-party material in an open access publication

You may use third-party material as long as you have cleared permission to do so. You will need to mark this content clearly and state the terms under which it has been made available. This is to prevent anyone from reusing it without seeking the permission of the original copyright holder. If you are unable to clear permission to use the material within an open access format, you may not legally use it.

Open access for journal articles

Gold and green open-access options are also available for journal articles published with Edinburgh University Press. Find out more on our dedicated journals open access page.