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Open Access: Open Access Publishing: Monographs & book chapters

This guide is intended to provide advice on open access to researchers

Open access monographs

Open access is no longer confined to journal articles and conference papers. There is now a range of options for making academic books and chapters open-access, as well as other types of long-form publication such as scholarly monographs and edited collections. 

Below you will find details of what some publishers offer in terms of gold open access (making your final, published version open access from the publisher's website from publication) and green open access/self-archiving (making the accepted manuscript open access via a repository such as Pure). 

It is important to note that where a publisher offers gold open access there is likely to be a Book Processing Charge (BPC) or Chapter Processing Charge to pay (CPC) (plus VAT). These costs may be covered by an external funder. If you are acknowledging Wellcome funding, please see the information on their webpages. Long-form publications published from 1st January 2024 will be in-scope for the new UKRI policy and funds will be available for eligible authors. 

If you would like to make your book or book chapter open access via Pure repository or garner more information on open access monographs please contact the Open Research Team with any questions you might have.  


Open access options for books and book chapters (by publisher)

Below you will find a brief synopsis of some publisher's open-access options for monographs. 

For more publishers, please see the maintained list

Also, see Sherpa Services' new tool Open Access for Books; this tool is still in development and currently holds  information on 20 publishers.


Publisher Gold OA option (open access from the publisher's website, immediately upon publication). Green OA option (open access through a repository such as Pure)
Bloomsbury Academic Available for short monographs, monographs, handbooks and edited collections.  Single book chapter or author’s own chapter
Accepted manuscript/publisher version, 6 month embargo.
Brill Available for books and individual book chapters. More details here Part of book/monograph
Permission must be requested
Cambridge University Press Available for monographs Single book chapter
Accepted manuscript/publisher version, 6 month embargo
Edinburgh University Press Available for monographs and individual book chapters.  Whole monograph
PDF proof on institutional repository. 36 month embargo.
Edward Elgar Publishing Available for books Single book chapter
Submitted manuscript, 6 month embargo
 Elsevier Scope currently under investigation with publisher.

Elsevier's most recent updateAuthors wishing to self-archive book chapters can continue to reach out to Global Rights to seek the relevant permissions.

The Global Rights team may be contacted using this link. 
Liverpool University Press Available for books and individual book chapters Whole monograph
Original manuscript, 24 month embargo to non-commercial, non-profit platform (e.g. Pure )
Manchester University Press Available for monographs, edited volumes and individual book chapters.  Single book chapter
Accepted manuscript, 18 month embargo
Oxford University Press Available for monographs Single book chapter 
Accepted manuscript - embargo length varies by subject/output type
Palgrave Macmillan Available for academic books and individual book chapters. 
Sage Available for monographs. Accepted manuscript
Details and embargoes vary by output type. 
Taylor & Francis / Routledge Available for books and individual book chapters.  Single book chapter 
Accepted Manuscript, 18 month embargo for Humanities and Social Sciences (12 months for STEM).
UCL Press Available for monographs, short monographs, edited volumes, and textbooks. N/A – Open Access Publisher
White Rose University Press Available for monographs.  N/A – Open Access Publisher



The University has a small institutional fund to help cover Open access charges for Monographs and Book chapters for QUB authors who are not in receipt of external funding (i.e. Non-UKRI funded authors

This funding is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Authors should contact the Open Research Team before they agree to Open access charges with their prospective publisher. 

To apply for funding, please email the Open Research Team at

The Open Research Team will assess your eligibility and get back to you.

You should contact the Open Research Team before you sign any contract with your publisher that indicates you are willing/able to pay Open Access charges. 


Open access books and the REF

Books and book chapters were outside the scope of the open access requirements for REF 2021. It is however, likely, that there  will be an open access requirement for books and book chapters submitted to any future research evaluation exercise. It is expected that any open access requirements for books and book chapters in any future REF cycle will be more flexible than the requirements for journal articles and should not apply retrospectively to titles published before any new policy is announced.

Open access book publishing: Current Community based agreements we subscribe to

SUP is a fully open-access publishing press coordinated by SCURL and managed by member libraries on a not-for-profit basis. SUP provides a clear and cost-effective route for researchers at Scottish HEIs to make their work freely available to a global audience, responding to changes in the policy landscape around open-access books. SUP delivers a full-service publishing experience with open communication and transparent processes from peer review through to promotion. 

The leading independent Open Access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK: we're award-winning, not-for-profit, run by scholars and committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers worldwide. Access all our books online or download them for free, with no Book Processing Charges (BPCs) for authors. For further details, see the website. 

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a not-for-profit, open-access publisher for the humanities. OLH implements a collaborative and collective funding model and facilitates open access through institutional membership. For further details, see the website.

Punctum Books is a scholar-led, peer-reviewed, open-access (OA) book publisher devoted to cultivating trans-disciplinary academic work. Punctum Books publishes high-quality OA books in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Architecture and design, with no publication fees ever imposed upon authors. For further details, see the website.

D2O harnesses the collective power of libraries to support open and equitable access to vital, leading scholarship. Participating libraries also receive substantial discounts on the MIT Press Trade books collection on the Direct platform. Direct to Open allows authors to publish open access regardless of their institutional affiliation or funding. For further details, see the website. 

DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to more than 50,000 scholarly, peer-reviewed open-access books and helps users find trusted open-access book publishers. DOAB services are free of charge, and all data is freely available. The service's primary aim is to increase the discoverability of OA books to reach a broader audience. For further details, see the website.

OA Books Useful tools