Open Access Books

De Gruyter has a history of innovation and of championing advances in book publishing. We were one of the first academic publishers to launch a fully open access book program. We are, according to the Directory of Open Access

Books (DOAB), one of the largest, independent, academic publisher of open accessbooks. If you have a scholarly work that you would like to share with the widest possible audience, we are your ideal partner.

Open Access Books

De Gruyter publishes open access books across a total of 30 subject areas in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM), and humanities and social sciences (HSS). Today, we are proud to offer more than 2,000 book titles to read, download and share at De Gruyter’s Open Access Book Library.

Why choose De Gruyter as publishing partner for your Open Access book?

Visibility and reach

All our open access books are:

  • indexed by the relevant Abstracting & Indexing services, including the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
  • accessible from approximately 500 databases worldwide
  • hosted on a variety of dedicated platforms, including the OAPEN Library
  • reached by a global readership
  • shared more widely and enjoy increased citations in fellow researchers’ work
  • Each subject area has a dedicated in-house editorial team, comprising subject matter experts
  • All our open access books undergo a rigorous peer review prior to publication
  • We offer single-blind, double-blind and open peer review for your work, as required
  • All open access books benefit from a fast turnaround time from manuscript submission to online publication on
  • We take care to be fully compliant with open access mandates worldwide
Author satisfaction
  • We actively support authors looking for Open Access Funding
  • 78% of our authors rated De Gruyter positively compared with other publishing houses (survey of 5,000 authors in 2017)
  • Our authors retain full copyright of their open access books
  • All open access books are published under a Creative Commons license

Book Processing Charges

De Gruyter offers authors and institutions comprehensive and quality services for open access books. De Gruyter applies a minimum open access fee of €7,000 (plus VAT) for any monograph and collected volume published.

The minimum fee of €7,000 includes, among others, funder compliancy, the organisation of quality assurance processes, Creative Commons licensing, DOI registration for books and chapters as well as long-time archiving of your publication.

Please find below a detailed list of our standard services covered by this minimum fee, as well as a list of services that may require additional charges. Since we calculate our open access fee individually based one the manuscript and the requested services, we kindly ask you to contact the appropriate Editorial Office for a specific offer.


For more information, or to discuss how we can help you publish your next OA book, please contact the appropriate Editorial Contact for your subject area.