Publishers of OA books

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  • This is a list of publishers of OA books.
    • As of June 16, 2017 there are 177 publishers on this list.
  • When possible, please annotate each publisher:
    • to indicate whether it publishers just a line (series, imprint, etc.) of OA books, or whether all its books are OA
    • to indicate whether it publishes OA monographs, textbooks, novels, or other kinds of OA books
    • to indicate whether the OA books are also offered in priced, printed editions, perhaps print-on-demand (POD) editions
    • to indicate when it launched its (different lines of) OA books
    • to indicate the licensing terms on its OA books
    • to use deep links to the relevant parts of its portfolio (i.e. its OA line of books or its different lines of OA books)
    • (If you don't have some of this information, add the entry anyway. Other users can add other details over time.)

A

  • Academy of Science of South Africa Scholarly Publishing Programme
    • The Academy of Science of South Africa Scholarly Publishing Programme, born out of a 2008 proposal to the Department of Science and Technology, is “focused on the enhancement of the quality, quantity and worldwide visibility of original, peer-reviewed publications produced by researchers in the public sector.” The current available gratis OA work may be purchased through print on demand.
  • Amedeo
    • Amedeo "serve[s] the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends". Among the services Amedeo provides are "weekly emails with bibliographic lists about new scientific publications, personal Web pages for one-time download of available abstracts..., and an overview of the medical literature published in relevant journals over the past 12 to 24 months". Launched in 2006, Amedeo Challege is an imprint of Amedeo that commissions OA books written by medical and health care experts.
  • ANS Digital Library
    • The American Numismatic Society (ANS), was founded in 1891 for enthusiasts of the collection and study of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money. Through scanning by the Google Books project, hundreds of monographs published by the ANS since its inception are available through HathiTrust. Titles are available in EPUB and PDF formats, generally under CC-BY-NC-SA licensing.
  • Aquiline Books
    • Aquiline Books (formerly Eagle Editions) is an imprint of scholarly books from the University of North Texas Libraries. All titles are gratis OA from the start, and many are libre OA through various Creative Commons licenses. Many titles are available for purchase in print, e-book formats, or both. It was launched in late 2014 though publicized only in spring 2015.
  • Amherst College Press
    • A new digital publishing venture founded by Bryn Geffert, a Librarian of Amherst College, that offers "peer-reviewed books written by leading scholars in the humanities and the social sciences that are then carefully edited and made available for free online". Producing books, or 'scholarly novellas' in "liberal arts disciplines such as political science, literary studies, history, economics and anthropology" in formats that will be suitable for most e-readers, not print editions. Funded by Amherst's Frost Library. Includes a free online version of Amherst's biannual literary magazine, The Common.
    • Anticipated to begin soliciting manuscripts in the summer of 2013.
  • Amsterdam University Press
    • Amsterdam University Press was founded in 1992, and since 2008 has worked to promote OA publishing efforts; its catalogue is focused on “scholarly and trade publications…in the area of humanities (language and literature, history, film studies, art) and social sciences.” Many of the titles are available through the OAPEN repository; and print-on-demand editions of these works are offered. Creative Commons licensing is used.
  • Apress
    • Apress is a technology and business trade publisher "devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, and programmers". Like its parent company Springer, Apress offers an open access line of electronic books under its ApressOpen program, launched in 2012. ApressOpen books are underwritten by a sponsoring organization, and print copies are available for purchase.
  • Archaeopress
    • Created in 1997, Archaeopress is an academic archaeology-focused publishing company run by Dr. David Davidson MA MPhil DPhil FSA and Dr. Rajka Makjanic MA PhD. It is based out of Oxford, England.
    • Open access publishing is offered through the Access Archaeology imprint. Access Archaeology includes digital-only and print-on-demand options. Discounts for authors are available based on typesetting abilities and intended publishing format. Exact licensing terms are unclear.
    • Submission proposals may include any archaeological topics, geological locations, and time periods, in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
    • As of May 2017, there are over 30 open access monographs available for download on the Archaeopress website.
    • In addition to books, Archaeopress publishes a selection of print and digital journals.
  • Australian National University (ANU) E Press
    • Launched in 2003 "to advance the intellectual output of the academic community of ANU and associated researchers," the ANU E Press offers an OA collection "across a wide variety of academic disciplines" that is also available for print-on-demand purchase. Authors retain their copyrights, and ANU holds distribution rights; details are available.

B

  • Baen Books
    • Baen Books is a science fiction and fantasy publisher whose “author(s) can, at their own personal discretion, put up online for free any book published by Baen”; this collection, called the Baen Free Library, has been operational since 2000. These author-submitted titles are gratis OA, with print and electronic versions available for purchase, as well as webscriptions.
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar University Press. No longer active.
    • [Original entry:] The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar University Press operates as a division of the library and publishes print media covering a “wide range of artistic and scientific publications from all four faculties at the university.” The gratis OA titles, which have been published since 2008, can be found here. Priced editions are available for purchase. Copyright and licensing information and conditions of use are available.
    • [Update:] In 2014 this entry became outdated. Since January 1, 2014 the University Press is an imprint of the commercial publisher Verlag und Datenbank für Geisteswissenschaften. Open Access contents have been disappeared from the publisher's website but remain available in the Weimar institutional repository (Search: Universitätsverlag).
  • Berlin Academic
    • Berlin Academic was founded in 2010 by Berlin Verlag and sister company Bloomsbury Publishing. Their first titles are forthcoming, but Berlin Academic will publish both English and German language academic and professional work in the humanities and social sciences. While Berlin Academic has a "special focus on digital developments and Open Access," print on demand and ebooks will be available for purchase. Berlin Academic’s publication models are flexible, and their licensing, based on Creative Commons licenses, is the author's choice.
  • Bloomsbury Academic
    • Bloomsbury Academic is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing for OA books in the social sciences and humanities. Most of its books are OA, and all its OA books are also available in print editions. OA editions are published under CC-BY-NC licenses. In 2009, it purchased a back-list of upper level textbooks from Hodder Arnold, and from Duckworth Academic and Bristol Classical Press in 2010.
  • Bookboon
    • Founded in November 2008, Bookboon.com provides all its customized, European-academician authored publications gratis OA; an e-mail address and name of the state in which user is dwelling is required for access. Advertisements in the e-books are used to generate funding. Bookboon specializes in textbooks, and its holdings cover thirty-one textbook topics; travel guides for six continents; and books covering thirteen business subjects. Terms of Service are available.
  • British Museum Research Publications series
    • This series by the British Museum Press, originally called "Occasional Papers," has been published regularly since 1978. Selected monographs are published under open access licenses; a list of open publications can be found in this blog post from The Ancient World Online (AWOL). These titles are also available for print purchase from the British Museum shop.

C

  • CAARI Monograph Series at the HathiTrust
    • The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) has begun taking steps to publish out-of-print books through HathiTrust. This collection is focused on titles about archaeological surveys of Cyprus. As of January 2017, there are five titles available free for use by researchers, with a variety of download and viewing options. Due to a CC-By-ND-NC license, the volumes in this collection may not be used for any commercial enterprise. HathiTrust Digital Library records provide a tool for finding the books in print version via local library networks.
  • Caister Academic Press
    • Based in the UK, Caister offers a "range of published research papers, review articles and book chapters on topical aspects of molecular biology and microbiology available under an open-access policy." An APC is required of authors who wish to publish open access. Titles are available for download only.
  • Cambridge University Press
    • Cambridge University Press offers a selection of open access titles in various disciplines as part of its general published collection. The books in this group are available for purchase in print directly from the publisher. Titles are generally licensed under CC-BY-NC, but can occasionally be published under CC-BY-NC-ND if circumstances necessitate. A complete description of the Cambridge University Press gold OA publishing policy for authors is available here.
  • CK-12 Foundation
    • CK-12, “funded by the Amar Foundation and by Vinod and Neeru Khosla,” produces customizable textbooks for K-12 students. Operating since 2007, the library is currently “focused on math and science for middle-school and high-school students,” but aims to grow in scope and coverage; national curriculum standards are met, and California and Virginia have explored FlexBooks. Print editions are not available, but a print partnership is expected in the future. FlexBooks employ libre OA CC-by-NC-SA licensing, and terms of use are available.
  • CLACSO-Latin America Social Science Council
    • CLACSO, a network of 346 social science institutions in 25 countries publishes all its 729 books, with only a very few exceptions, and 2 journals, in open access within CLACSO´s digital repository. Mainly books in Spanish and Portuguese, and a growing collection in English, with research results from its member institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The books are also offered in priced printed version. The OA collection started in 1998. The Argentine copyright law requires in the printed version indicating copyright restrictions, but CLACSO adds, in the following line, a statement indicating that the full-text is available in CLACSO´s digital repository which has a CC-BY-NC-SA license for its contents.
  • Co-Action Publishing
    • Founded in January 2007, Co-Action Publishing is a for-profit company whose aim is to provide fair-priced services to societies wishing to pursue scholarly, open access publishing, while developing "...an international list of scholarly Open Access journals and books for a global audience" (Co-Action Publishing, 2011). Additionally, Co-Action Publishing maintains relationships with funding agencies to help societies acquire the financial resources they need to pursue their OA publishing endeavors. Co-Action Publishing has also created an online guide to provide groups key knowledge on how to launch and operate scholarly, open access journals. Co-Action provides publishing, administration, consulting, training, and peer-review services for books, journals, meeting minutes or conferences, dissertations, and more. Available journals and books are listed. Copyright and licensing details are provided.
  • Collaborative Books Project
    • A collaborative textbook publisher, the Collaborative Books Project (Collabooks), allows for anyone to edit and contribute to their textbooks. Collabooks focuses one four main categories of books: how-to, medicine and health, science, and philosophy, and there is a subset of the knol.gooogle.com beta service that allows people to self-publish articles through the website. Though all knols are available to the public for free, it is unclear that anyone has created a Collabook for distribution at this point. Licensing information is provided.
  • College Open Textbooks
    • College Open Textbooks is an entirely OA, Creative Commons licensed provider of peer-reviewed textbooks. The project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and is supported by a large consortium of academic, non-profit, and governmental institutions. The booklist is available here. There does not appear to be a print-on-demand pay service; the CC licensing allows users to print off their own physical copies. See also CCCOER, below.
  • Computers and Composition Digital Press
    • Founded in 2007, in the spring 2008 the Computers and Composition Digital Press became affiliated with The Institute for the Future of the Book, and in the fall of 2008 the press became an imprint of the Utah State University Press. From its call for papers c. June 2008 (now offline, but quoted from a blog post at OAN): "The mission of Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP) is to ensure open access to information for scholars worldwide and to provide a venue for the Web publication of peer-reviewed scholarly projects in a wide-variety of forms (ranging from primarily textual/verbal ebooks to integrated multimedia projects incorporating video, audio, animation, etc.)..." Available titles are listed, and copyright and licensing policies are addressed.
  • Concordia University Press
    • Launched on October 27, 2016 the Concordia University Press, of Concordia University in Montréal, is the first open access publisher based in Québec. The Press is interested in producing "books and pamphlets in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that engage with the themes of Life, Knowledge, and Creation." Complete descriptions of the themes "Life, Knowledge, and Creation" are available here. An Editorial Board performs peer review, which is shared with at least two external reviewers in a double-blind review system. Monographs from the Press are offered digitally and by print on demand.
  • Cotsen Institute Archaeology Press
    • The Cotsen Institute is a research organization that specializes in "the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage." Their press, operating since 1975, publishes academic titles in nine series, and one digital series hosted on the University of California's eScholarship site; "[o]ut of print books that are older than five years are gradually made available for free download". They currently offer full-text downloads of 14 publications, published between 1986 and 2011. Print on demand copies are available for a fee.
  • Counterpress
    • Launched in August 2013 (see further details here), Counterpress is an open access publisher associated with the website, Critical Legal Thinking (CLT). Counterpress publishes law and critical theory titles with their goal being to provide "critical legal scholars, allied theorists, philosophers, and other trans/inter-disciplinary academics an alternative to traditional book publishers." While printed books will be available at traditional and online bookstores, e-book versions will be provided on a pay-what-you-can basis, and a full open access option will be made available.

D

E

  • Eclipse
    • Eclipse is both a publisher and an archive of “radical small-press writing,” noted in in 2007 OAN and hosted by the University of Utah. The collective OA works may be found by title or author. No print options are listed, and licensing and terms of use are not addressed.
  • Edition Open Access
    • Edition Open Access is a tool offered by the Max Planck Society, based in Munich, Germany. This toolgives access to publications from the Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, which focus on research in social sciences and humanities.
    • All Edition Open Access collection books are published under CC-NC-SA licensing and go through a “highly standardized” publishing process.
  • Eldritch Press
    • This site is no longer updated, and as a result many of the links do not work. The live book links are now made available through links to the Web Archive. These titles are in the public domain and are distributed with Creative Commons licensing.
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
    • The EGU is the largest scientific association in Europe for the geosciences and planetary and space sciences, founded in 2002 as a merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG). The EGU offers quality scientific discussion and publications written by more than 60,000 scientists worldwide for free access on the Internet. EGU Open Access publications are listed here. All OA publications are available under Creative Commons Attribution Licensing.

F

  • Flatworld
    • Flatworld offers free textbooks online as well as print-on-demand softcovers, audio books, and chapters, as well as self-print options. Released in conjunction with professors who in turn offer the links to their students, Flatworld titles are listed here. Terms of use are discussed.
  • FlexBooks
    • FlexBooks allows the user to create a fully customized, standards-aligned, free digital textbook for grades K-12. After registering, the site allows the user to select chapters to create a customized book, name the work, and then share it. FlexBooks will automatically reorganize chapter numbering. FlexBooks are published under CC-BY-NC-SA licenses (see the foundation's terms of use).
  • Flying Publisher
    • Flying Publisher is an online publisher of medical guides, books, and articles. This material is made available to the public free of charge through the websites Amedeo, Free Books 4 Doctors, and the Flying Publisher websites. In addition, printed copies of the material are available for a fee through Amazon. Authors are asked to submit articles or guides of no more than 75 pages.
  • Fordham University Press
    • Since 1907, Fordham University Press has published works on the "humanities and the social sciences...[the] metropolitan New York region and books of interest to the general public." In the fall of 2009, the press partnered with Fordham's Walsh Library to create an OA Electronic Books collection in Digital Research@Fordham, the university's institutional repository. Print editions are available for purchase.
  • Free High School Science Texts
    • The Free High School Science Texts project aims to promote science education in South Africa by providing free science and math textbooks, written by volunteers, to students; the latest releases, from September 2010, are available as PDFs here. The books are offered under the GNU Free Documentation License and are royalty-free.
  • Free Press
    • Free Press publishes “writing of all kinds - any language, any style, genre or subject matter, experimental or traditional, unpublished or previously published.” Initially launched in August 2006 as “a project of artist Sal Randolph,” Free Press accepted submitted works "from September 16 to October 15, 2006". Following the exhibit, "the Free Press site will remain, and people will be able to download books and order print copies" from Lulu.com. All of the titles are libre OA, and Creative Commons licensing is used.
  • French Creek Press
    • French Creek Press is a “a print-on-demand publishing and technical communications house catering to the needs of the high-tech industry and independent authors” that has been operating since 2009. Its OA series, “eBooks of the Classics,” serves as a sample for users to explore ebook functionality with the provided titles. Print on demand is only available for French Creek Press’s author list, and licensing is not addressed.
  • FullBooks.com
    • FullBooks.com hosts “thousands of full-text free books,” of classic works. It is an ad-supported site that was created in 2004 and is owned by Advameg. Licensing is not noted and print editions are not available.

G

  • Getty Publications
    • Getty Publications is a partial OA publisher of books in the areas of "art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities". Getty Publications Virtual Library began in 2014, supporting access to select titles for personal use in online, PDF, and paid print format. In May 2016, Getty Publications released two "open access collection catalogues" under a Creative Commons license, available online in addition to formats including PDF, data sets, print, plain text, and iPad and Kindle compatible ebooks.
  • Global Text Project
    • The Global Text Project began in 2004 and creates OA electronic textbooks aimed at a "range of topics typically encountered in a university’s undergraduate programs". Creative Commons licensing is used, and the current booklist may be found here.
  • Gluejar
    • Launched in January 2012, "Gluejar works with rights holders to determine a good price for ungluing their book". Titles that meet the required goal of the rights holder through crowdfunding are then made available under Creative Commons licensing. Details of the model are available and evolving.
  • Goa, 1556
    • Goa, 1556, launched in 2007, publishes Goa-related nonfiction. About half of its booklist is available OA through Google Books, and all of the titles may be purchased as print editions. Goa, 1556 “supports the principles of copyleft, sharing information and knowledge, and following alternative modes of publishing,” and as such works with their authors to encourage the use of open licensing, often through Creative Commons.
  • Gorgias Open
    • "An independent academic publisher specializing in the history and religion of the Middle East and the larger pre-modern world," Gorgias Open offers the opportunity to publish open access books for print and deposit into the Gorgias Open Repository. Fees are determined by whether the author is publishing a single chapter or entire book. The Gorgias Open Membership Program provides a 15% author fee discount for repeated submissions. Titles are published with CC-BY-NC or CC-BY licenses.

H

  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press)
    • Hamad Bin Khalifa Univerisity Press is a Qatar-based university press publisher of scholarly journals and monographs, as well as fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults. HBKU releases all journal articles under a CC BY license.
    • The Press aims to play a role in "[establishing] a vibrant literary culture in Qatar and the Middle East and to cultivate new talent in the region."
    • In addition, HBKU Press operates open academic publishing platform QScience, where all journal articles published through HBKU Press are available for free.
    • The Press was previously known as "Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation (BQFP)."
  • Hamburg University Press
    • Per Google Translate, Hamburg University Press “publishes selected works of scientists from the University of Hamburg as well as other scientific and science-related institutions.” Since 2007, all of the titles have been gratis OA, though print-on-demand editions are available for purchase. Creative Commons licensing may be used by the author.
  • Hikari Ltd.
    • Hikari Ltd. is a Bulgaria-based publisher of peer-reviewed OA journals and monographs specializing in mathematics, physics, engineering, and biology. The publisher offers online OA only; print-on-demand service is not available. Publication fees are the main source of funding. The website does not give any copyright or permissions information. A full listing of their journals and monographs leads users directly to the OA content.
  • HSRC Press
    • HSRC Press publishes high-quality social science research, both the "output of the Human Science Research Council and externally authored works.” In 2004 the press switched to a hybrid publishing model. Since then, most titles are available as either gratis OA or print-on-demand editions. Licensing terms are not discussed.
  • Humanities Digital Library
    • The Humanities Digital Library contains books published by institutes within the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London. SAS publications follow the HEFCE’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) best practices for open access, as dictated by a School-wide open access policy.
    • The Digital Library is managed by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) at the SAS.
    • Monograph proposals are accepted for works that fall under the categories of law, history, and classics.
    • Publishing decisions and processes “are conducted by each individual institute locally. Each institute [mainly IHR and IALS] publishes according to its own criteria and policies, including any relevant open access publishing fees.”
      • Information on open access publishing with the IHR can be found here.
      • Information on the IALS’ open access policy can be found here.
    • Early career researchers are directed to submit proposals to partner program New Historical Perspectives (see entry in “N” section of this list) by the Royal Historical Society. Works published through this program will also be added to the Humanities Digital Library.
    • As with New Historical Perspectives, exact licensing requirements are not stated, however most RHS/IHR-submitted publications in the Humanities Digital Library indicate a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

I

  • Indiana University Press Online
    • Established in the spring of 2009, Indiana University Press Online provides gratis OA to some of Indiana University Press's scholarly book titles; several collections are available: "African Studies; African American and Diaspora Studies; Bioethics; Jewish and Holocaust Studies; Military History; Music; Philosophy; Reference; Religion; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and United Nations Intellectual History". Print editions of all titles are available for purchase through Indiana University Press. Terms of use are provided.
  • The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), NYU
    • ISAW was founded to support research in the ancient world, and publication—in print, online, and in person—is one of the key ways we share our research methodologies and findings with both other scholars and the general public. This page describes some of publications that have been produced by ISAW or under its sponsorship. As outlined in the faculty statement on assessment of research (PDF), we aim for quality and long-term accessibility in all our research outputs, regardless of medium, while embracing collaboration and both traditional and new forms of review and assessment..
  • InTech (also known as Sciyo, see below)
    • InTech is a publisher of open monographs, journals, and conference proceedings in the fields of science, technology and medicine, launched in 2004. It has published more than 1600 books, and twelve scientific journals. Monographs published under CC BY-NC, journals published under CC BY, published digitally with print options available. It re