List of open access monograph publishers
Exploring your options for making books and chapters open access
Last updated February 2024 by the Scholarly Communications Team, University of Sheffield Library
Fully open access monograph publishers
This list has been developed to support University of Sheffield researchers in exploring different options for publishing their monographs open access. It is a non-exhaustive list of fully open access monograph publishers, some of which charge mandatory Book Processing Charges (BPCs) and others which use other funding models (eg. library memberships) and charge optional BPCs if funding is available.
The University of Sheffield Institutional Open Access Fund prioritises funding for monographs published with fully open access publishers charging reasonable BPCs (£8000 + VAT or less).
UKRI funded authors will be able to apply for funding up to a certain limit from UKRI in order to help them comply with the new open access requirement for longform publications. More information can be found in our UKRI open access policy guidance.
- Aberdeen University Press
- Cardiff University Press (one co-author must be affiliated to Cardiff University)
- Helsinki University Press
- Lever Press
- LSE Press
- Mattering Press
- Mayfly Books
- Media Studies Press
- Meson Press
- Open Book Publishers
- Open Humanities Press
- Punctum Books
- Scottish Universities Press (one co-author must be affiliated to a participating institution)
- Stockholm University Press
- Ubiquity Press
- UCL Press
- University of Huddersfield Press
- University of Westminster Press
- White Rose University Press (non profit, fully OA press established in 2016 and owned by the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York)
- Winchester University Press
Open access initiatives from hybrid publishers
There are many monograph publishers that are not fully open access but which are experimenting with models to reduce the cost of BPCs or not charge BPCs at all. The list below gives examples of traditional publishers who have adopted innovative open access models and policies. University of Sheffield financially supports many of these publishers through contributing to library membership schemes, but applications to the Institutional Open Access Fund may also be considered, funding levels depending.
Charges Book Processing Charges for immediate open access and allows no-embargo deposit for the full author accepted manuscript.
|Bristol University Press
|Participating in the OpenUP Early Career Researcher (ECR) monograph initiative. Seeking collective funding to make 12 titles open access.
|Cambridge University Press
|Commitment to making 100 titles open access once they have made a set amount in sales revenue ('Flip it Open' scheme)
25 frontlist titles per year funded through Opening the Future model, if other sources of funding not available
|Edinburgh University Press
|Participating in the OpenUP Early Career Researcher (ECR) monograph initiative. Seeking collective funding to make 12 titles open access
“Green Open Access publisher.” VoR can be made available in a repository after 18 months. Subventions required to make it available earlier.
Authors eligible to apply for ⅓ discount on BPC through the “KU fund for fair OA”. Some titles published open access through library memberships.
|Liverpool University Press
|Some new titles published open access under an ‘Opening the Future’ model
Luminos (University of California Press open access programme)
Open access costs are reduced through library memberships
|Manchester University Press
|Participating in the OpenUP Early Career Research (ECR) monograph initiative. Seeking collective funding to make 12 titles open access.
From 2022, all new scholarly books published open access through the ‘Direct to Open’ model
|All books made open access after four years. Charges low Book Processing Charges for open access immediately on publication or after one year
|University of London Press
|All books in 'core' open access series published at no cost to authors. BPC charged for books outside of core series
|University of Wales Press
|Participating in the OpenUP Early Career Research (ECR) monograph initiative. Seeking collective funding to make 12 titles open access
|White Horse Press
|Transitioning to a fully open access model. Some titles published open access as part of Open Book Collective
Traditional monograph publishers (eg. Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature, Oxford University Press) often also offer an open access route. Currently, you may be able to have these charges covered by the Institutional Open Access Fund, although this may need to be reviewed if demand is too high. Please be aware that we may consult your Faculty Director of Research in order to make a final decision.
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