Open Access is not only journals, but also books, for example.

Open Access books

  • Freely available scholarly books, primarily peer-reviewed, but may also be popular science, exercise books, textbooks, teaching materials, etc.
  • Books are freely available to anyone, without charge, without restrictions e.g. by logging in.
  • They operate on the same principle as OA journals: quality should be guaranteed by peer review, only the business model of publishing is changing.
  • Copyright and licensing principles are the same as for OA journals.
  • Most often OA books are published by university presses or scientific research institutions.
  • Commercial OA books are expensive (e.g. Springer Open).
  • A number of OA publishers are now emerging and new business models for OA books are developing.

Finding Open Access Books

  • DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) Contains OA books mostly from major scholarly publishers. To be included in the DOAB database, they must be peer-reviewed and published under a CC license.
  • OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks ) Contains OA books mainly in the social sciences and humanities

Open Access Book Networks

The OABN is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. Researchers, publishers, librarians, research funders, infrastructure providers — indeed, anyone who is interested — can engage in discussions, events and find helpful materials via the network.

Publishing of OA publications on CTU

The CTU Central Library offers the possibility of publishing Open Access publications in the CTU Digital Library. For more information, please visit the Central Library website under the tab Publishing OA books at CTU.



, Last change: 18.07.2024