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Open Access Book Publishing

This page offers a short guide to publishing books and book chapters open access.


Although many open access policies focus on journal articles, it is also possible to publish books and book chapters in this way. The library’s open access team can assist you in making the right open access choice for your work.

Your options depend on whether or not you have already published your book. If it is already published, you may be able to upload a version to Pure (‘green’ open access). If not, you may be in a position to choose a publisher that will make your work openly available on their website (‘gold’ open access).

I’ve already published a book/ book chapter. How can I make it open access?

Many publishers allow green open access. This allows you to upload a version of your work to your institutional repository. Often, a single chapter can be deposited after an embargo period. The library’s open access team can advise you about different publisher policies. Please contact openaccess@bath.ac.uk for more information.

I’m going to publish a book/ book chapter. What open access publishing options are available to me?

Some publishers offer gold open access. This way, your book or chapter will be available, for free, to everyone who wishes to read it. However, gold open access normally requires the payment of a fee. Green open access may also be an option. Below are some examples of open access publishers. For more advice, please contact openaccess@bath.ac.uk.

Further links and information are also available from the OAPEN project.