Open Access

De Gruyter has been publishing excellent academic work for more than 270 years. Since our founding days, we have kept our fingers on the pulse of change, so it is only logical that we were an early adopter of open access and remain a passionate advocate today.

We are dedicated to the pursuit and dissemination of first-class knowledge, and provide support and high-quality services to help our authors navigate the entire publication process, from initial submission, review and funding to publication on

What are the benefits of open access publishing?

Open access speeds up the collective development of scholarly communication by making research available to anyone with internet access, anywhere in the world. It fosters academic exchange by removing technical, financial and legal barriers. That is why we believe in open access and want to make it possible for all of our researchers and research institutions.

Increased impact of your content

More researchers will read your research, leading to a larger number of citations and enhancing the reputation of your work and your standing as an author.

Enhancing research

Copyright remains with the author and the use of permissive Creative Commons licenses empowers researchers to build on upon research.

Increased speed to market

Immediate publication of your manuscript/article on – your research findings reach your audience more quickly.

What are the benefits of open access publishing with De Gruyter?

  • Experience with Open Access: We published our first Open Access Book in 2010. Since then, we have become one of the largest OA book publishers worldwide and two thirds of De Gruyter’s journals portfolio is published open access.
  • Quality: We are committed to the same quality standards that apply to all of our content, among others peer-review, close editorial support, and, for open access, digital discoverability, extended visibility via distribution platforms and funder compliancy.
  • Partnership with authors and institutions: We aim to meet your needs and adopt models such as Subscribe to Open for journals to enable open access publishing for everyone.

De Gruyter’s Open Access Policies

Copyright and licensing

Copyright gives the copyright holder exclusive rights on how other use your work. By choosing an Creative Commons license, you define which rights you reserve and which rights you waive for the benefit of the general public. To us as a publisher you grant non-exclusive exploitation rights.

All articles in our pure open access journals are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, unless otherwise requested.

All articles in our hybrid open access journals are made available under either the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) or Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license.

All established Creative Commons licenses are possible for books and book chapters.

Compliance with Open Access Mandates

There are many binding and non-binding policies, called mandates, that govern open access material and that are adopted worldwide. De Gruyter assumes responsibility for compliance with common mandates on your behalf. For example, we are fully compliant with the Wellcome Trust, UK Research Innovation, ERC and other funders’ mandates


For more information, or to discuss how we can help you publish OA material, contact: