Open Access Articles

De Gruyter is committed to expanding access to first-class knowledge and has fostered a high quality journal program. We offer open access publishing options across our fully open access and hybrid journals covering all disciplines – from science, technology, and medicine to the humanities and social sciences.

Why choose De Gruyter to publish your open access article


  • All our open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses and author retain copyright. We encourage the use of CC-BY license, but our authors are able to choose more restrictive CC licenses if they wish to prevent the commercial use and adaption in new works.
  • All our open access articles undergo single or double-blind peer review prior to publication.
  • All our open access articles benefit from a fast turnaround time from manuscript submission to online publication on degruyter.com.
  • All our open access articles are indexed by relevant Abstracting and Indexing services.
  • We offer funding support to our authors and take care to be fully compliant with open access mandates worldwide.
  • We have institutional agreements in place that allow author to publish open access articles at no cost at all – or with a significant discount.

Fully Open Access journals


De Gruyter is home to around 90 fully open access journals across STEM and HSS disciplines.

For most of our fully open access journals, we apply an article processing charge (APC) to cover the publication costs. The level of the APC depends on the journal and can be checked here. However, as funding might be an obstacle to getting your research out to the world, we offer a waiver policy for each journal.

We also publish a growing number of open access journals that are fully funded resulting in no direct charges for our authors.

Using the Subscribe to Open model De Gruyter is also piloting an alternative transformation path for its humanities and social sciences portfolio that does not require authors to pay article processing charges.

Hybrid Open Access Journals


Authors have the option to publish their article under an open access license in almost all of our 340 subscription-based journals. The standard article processing charge for a hybrid open access article is 2,000 Euro (plus VAT if applicable). Please note that corresponding authors from institutions with which we have a transformative agreement, can publishing open access without paying the fee. More information on the eligible institutions and articles can be found here.

How to publish your article open access


Fully open access journals for which APCs apply:

  • Submit your article. Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.
  • We verify your affiliation, check feasible discount opportunities and send an offer to the corresponding author.
  • We ask you to complete the order within our payment tool.
  • We check information provided by you and once accepted, the open access publishing process begin.
  • Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you or your funding institution will be responsible for paying your article processing charge (APC).
  • De Gruyter issues a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 and the article is published in open access.

Hybrid journals:

  • Submit your article. Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.
  • Don’t forget to submit your article using your affiliated institutional e-mail address.
  • If your article is accepted, we automatically check if an open access agreement applies.
  • If an article is eligible and APCs are covered by your institution, your article will be published in open access under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 at no cost for you.
  • If APCs are not covered by your institution, you will be given the opportunity to publish in open access at a full or discounted APC.

Contact us


For more information, or to discuss how we can help you publish your next open access article, contact the appropriate editorial office for your subject area.

Fore general questions concerning our (fully open access) journal program, please contact:

Dr. Aleksandra Nowacka-Leverton
Director Open Access Journals