Open Access

We are happy to support Open Access publishing and can offer a range of options for our authors. All our Open Access books are treated just as any other EUP book: they go through the same rigorous peer review process and enjoy the same high production standards and attention from our marketing team. Where our Open Access books differ is that their eBook editions – in ePDF and in ePub – are made freely available. The print edition is sold in the usual way.

The options we can offer are:

Green Open Access

All authored research monographs can take part in our Green Open Access policy.

After the embargo period, you may place the PDF proof copy of your monograph on your institutional repository. In addition you may place one chapter from the original manuscript (not the published version) of your monograph on any non-commercial, non-profit subject repository. You are responsible for retaining the PDF of the proof copy and for providing the PDF to your institution.

The embargo period is 36 months from the publication of the most recent edition. So, if a paperback is published after the hardback edition, the embargo extends to 36 months from the later paperback publication date.

This policy does not apply to textbooks, handbooks, edited collections, critical editions or reference works.

Gold Open Access

Monograph Gold Open Access

Gold Open Access is available for authored research monographs for an Book Processing Charge (BPC) of £8,000 (+ VAT), payable when you submit your typescript.

This policy only applies to authored research monographs. It does not apply to textbooks, handbooks, reference works, critical editions or entire edited collections.

Chapter Gold Open Access

Individual chapters in an edited collection can be made Open Access if this is required by the terms of the chapter author's research funding. The chapter BPC is £2000 (+ VAT). Only that chapter will be made available Open Access, not the entire collection.

Key Information

Gold Open Access books and chapters are published under a Creative Commons licence (see We recommend you select the CC-BY-NC licence.

We will also produce print copies of any OA monograph for sale if we think there is a commercial demand. A conventional royalty will be paid on any sales, as agreed in your contract.

Edinburgh University Press will submit the Open Access edition and supporting metadata to KU Open Services ( who will integrate your book into all relevant indexing systems such as DOAB, Google Scholar, ProQuest Serial Solutions, ExLibris (Primo Central), EBSCO Discovery Service, Knowledge Base, Worldcat and others. Your book will be hosted on OAPEN, HathiTrust, and JSTOR, and will be archived with Portico and CLOCKKS, as well as MARC21-Records. Quarterly usage reports will give you insight to where and how your OA content is being used by academics around the globe.

You may also place the Open Access edition of your book in your institutional repository and any subject repositories of your choosing.

FAQ: Gold Open Access

How much is the BPC?

The BPC is a flat fee of £8,000 (+VAT).

When is the BPC payable?

The BPC is paid on delivery of the typescript. Once the BPC has been paid, the typescript will progress through production.

What do I get for the BPC?

Your typescript will be copy-edited and typeset to our usual high standards. Once the final proofs are approved, we will place the Version of Record and its metadata with KU Open Services. Open Access books are also available on this website. You may also place the Version of Record on any additional repositories of your choosing.

How is my copyright protected?

We recommend you publish under a CC-BY-NC Creative Commons licence.

CC: Creative Commons. Anyone may download and share your work

BY: By Attribution. You must always be credited as the author

NC: Non-Commercial. The Open Access version may not be sold or used commercially

You may use a less restrictive licence if you prefer; just let your commissioning editor know.

How does an Open Access publication differ from a standard Edinburgh University Press publication?

Your Open Access publication will be exactly the same as any other Edinburgh University Press publication in terms of our review, production and publication process. The only difference is that it will be available for anyone to access and download free of charge.

Will my Open Access monograph also be sold as a book or ebook?

All OA eBooks will be freely available. If we think there is a commercial demand for a print edition of your book, we will make that available for sale.

Will I receive any royalties?

You will receive a standard royalty on any print copies that are sold, and on any subsidiary rights that are sold. See your contract for more information.

Can I use third-party material in my OA publication?

You may use third-party material as long as you have cleared permission to do so. You will need to mark this content clearly and state the terms under which it has been made available. This is to prevent anyone from reusing it without seeking the permission of the original copyright holder. If you are unable to clear permission to use the material within an OA format, you may not legally use it.

How do I submit a proposal for an OA publication?

Simply note at the head of your proposal that you would like your book to be considered as an Open Access publication and give brief details about your source of funding. Then submit your proposal to the Commissioning Editor for your subject in the usual way.

I already have a monograph contract with Edinburgh University Press. Can I change this to an Open Access contract?

Contact your Commissioning Editor to discuss changing your contract to a Gold Open Access contract.

Open Access for Journals

Gold and green open-access options are also available for journal articles published with Edinburgh University Press. Find out more on our dedicated Journals Open Access page.