Open Access for Books and Book Chapters

Open access is a route to making your research more visible. The University encourages open access where possible, and more funders are considering open access policies for books.   

The cost of making the published version of a book open access can be prohibitive, but there are some options to explore.   

If you’re considering your options and you need any further support or advice, please contact us at   

Free route to open access through embargo  

Some publishers permit authors to make book chapters open access after an embargo period. If you'd like us to help you explore this as an option, please email us at   

Funder Policies and Support 

Other funders in addition to those mentioned below may have their own policies on and support for open access books. Please consult your funders’ guidelines for information, and if you need further support, contact us at   

Books acknowledging Wellcome Trust awards   

Wellcome Trust are the only funder that routinely pay open access costs for books and book chapters.  If you acknowledge a Wellcome Trust award in your book, please notify accepting any costs relating to open access.  

Provide details of the publication (title, authors/editors, publisher, ISBN) and the funders’ reference numbers for any awards you acknowledge. Please also provide the open access fee if you know it. We will contact the Wellcome Trust on your behalf to check for confirmation that they will cover the cost of open access publication.   

Monographs must be made available from NCBI Bookshelf and Europe PMC within six months of the publisher’s official date of final publication. Wellcome has an Open Access Monograph and Book Chapter Deposit Form to be used for inclusion. 

For more information, see the Wellcome Trust open access policy. 

Books acknowledging EU funders 

Open access requirements may differ depending on the Grant or Work programme the research is funded from. 

Under the Horizon Europe ERC Work Programme, you must ensure open access to monographs and book chapters at the latest at the time of publication. Publication fees in full open access venues are in principle eligible for reimbursement: the costs must be occurred during the lifetime of the grant, and you must comply to other grant conditions.  

Costs for open access costs under Horizon 2020 are eligible if incurred during the lifetime of the project, provided they are in line with the general cost eligibility criteria. 

For more details, see ERC’s Open Access Information 

Books acknowledging UKRI 

For books published on or after 1 January 2024, UKRI will require the author accepted version or published version to be free to view and download via publisher site or repository within 12 months of publication. We expect UKRI to provide funding for open access books from 2024, but we await more details.  

For more information, see UKRI Open Access Policy and Funding or UKRI’s Open Access Policy. 

Open Book Publishers Library Membership Programme  

The University of Glasgow subscribes to the Open Book Publishers Library Membership Programme.    

In some cases, this tool has been used to make previously out of print books available online in a new edition.   

Book publishing charges are not mandated. Books are not accepted or rejected on the basis of ability to pay.  Authors are encouraged to try to get grants to cover costs of publication where possible.   

OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit   

The OAPEN Foundation has launched a new open access (OA) books toolkit  for researchers and academic book authors. The toolkit is a free-to-access, stakeholder-agnostic resource that aims to help authors better understand OA for books, increase trust in OA book publishing, provide reliable and easy-to-find answers to questions from authors, and to provide guidance on the process of publishing an OA book.    

The toolkit was created in collaboration with Springer Nature and The University of Glasgow and has been written by a global and diverse group of stakeholders from the academic community and scholarly communications organisations.   

Scottish Universities Press 

The University is a partner in the Scottish Universities Press.

Academics at Scottish higher education institutes can submit a proposal.

Contact if you are looking for advice on funding for publication costs with the Scottish Universities Press.

The University of Glasgow is represented on the management and editorial board.

A short video of the Scottish Universities Open Access Press initiative is available on YouTube.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) 

The University of Glasgow subscribes to CrossRef and Datacite and can produce DOIs for items published by the University, including reports, working papers, datasets and journal articles. 

If you require a DOI for a dataset, please contact More information about the Enlighten: Research Data repository and DOIs can be found on our Research Data Management pages. 

If you require a DOI for any other item, please contact 

If you need an ISBN for a book published under the Glasgow University Press imprint, visit the Press’s About Page 


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