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Open access at De Gruyter

Open access advances scholarship by making research immediately available to read, share and re-use by anyone, anywhere in the world – and at De Gruyter we have been actively supporting open access for 15 years.

Learn how we work together with researchers, authors, librarians, and research organizations to pave the road to an open future.

Facts and figures

6,300+ open access articles published in 2022

125,000+ open access articles on

120+ fully gold open access journals, incl. 16 S2O journals

700+ institutions with open access publishing agreements

220+ new OA books published in 2022

6,000+ open access books available on

5 open access digital resources

Transforming our journals into open access

At De Gruyter, we firmly believe that open access and open research are the future of academic journal publishing. With this in mind, we have set the goal to transitioning most of our subscription journals to Open Access by 2028, working closely and collaboratively with editors, societies, funders, and institutions worldwide.

Open Access Transformation Plan

The journey so far

In 2013 we launched our first open access journal. Since then, we have expanded our gold open access journal portfolio and increased open access publishing options:

  • across our hybrid journals
  • through the conclusion of institutional open access agreements worldwide
  • Through the launch of new fully open access titles
  • by introducing Subscribe to Open (S2O) as alternative transformative model

Our transformation strategy

As a publisher with a strong focus on the humanities and social sciences, designing the transition to open access in a way that it works for all subject areas and supports our global author community regardless of their financial means is of key importance to us.

This is why we have decided to employ Subscribe to Open (S2O) as the main model to facilitate the sustainable open access transformation. At the same time, we will continue to grow our fully open access journal portfolio.

As a publisher that has been engaged in Open Access for many years, we are convinced that these steps will allow us to fulfil our mission to make knowledge accessible.

Transition plan for our journals

Open access journals: Where we are now

In 2022, 36% of De Gruyter’s total article output was published open access. This corresponds to a total of 6,300 open access articles. Between 2022 and 2023, we have expanded our Subscribe to Open program to a total of 16 titles. We also added 8 new titles to our fully gold open access portfolio which now includes 100+ titles.

Developement of article output

A strong open access book program

De Gruyter is one of the world’s largest independent open access book publishers in the world. Since 2010, our open access books program has grown continuously, with 220 of our new publications published immediately open access in 2022.

We are committed to working in collaboration with academia, libraries, and research funders to make open access book publishing possible for all our authors in the future. With this vision in mind, we have developed new transformation and funding models for open access books.

You can find out more about Open Access at De Gruyter on De Gruyter Conversations.

And don’t forget to browse our huge collections of open access journal articles and open access books!

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