Open Access

“Open Access is our future and our passion. Our enthusiasm for Open Access goes back more than 15 years. The scholarly community, including authors, libraries and research institutions, profit from our publishing expertise, our openness, and our partnership approach.”

(Carsten Buhr, Managing Director)

De Gruyter was an early champion of open access and an advocate of opening content to all researchers. We published our first open access book in 2010 and launched our first fully gold open access journal in 2013. Today De Gruyter’s open access portfolio comprises more than 2,000 open access books and around 90 fully open access journals – published in-house or on behalf of learned societies.

Increased citations, quick turn-around times, strong editorial boards and above all close editorial guidance attract authors on different career stages to publish in open access with De Gruyter.

Open Access transformation

The transition of scholarly research to open access is not a uniform one and we are committed to navigating this path together with researchers, librarians and research organizations. De Gruyter actively seeks partnerships with institutions across the globe as part of our mission to make open access publishing more accessible to authors. Visit our Funding & Support page for more information on our agreements with institutions.

We also innovate, especially in the humanities, where different models are needed to transition to open access. As access to funding is still very limited, we have been developing models that distribute publication fees across stakeholders, such as our Subscribe to Open pilot for journals and our open access transformation packages for books.

Open Access licences

All our open access publications are published under a Creative Commons license. The Creative Commons licenses define to what extent the work can be re-used by the scholarly community and the general public. This means for us as a publisher, non-exclusive exploitation rights are granted.


There are many binding and non-binding policies, called mandates, which govern open access material and that are adopted worldwide. De Gruyter assumes responsibility for compliance with common mandates.

As a member of OASPA, De Gruyter adheres to its Code of Conduct and is engaged with the association on developing best practices in open access publishing. De Gruyter is also listed by OAPEN as a book publisher that is fully compliant with the open access requirements of the European Research Council, Wellcome, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about open access publishing at De Gruyter, get in touch with us.