Open Access Books

Springer Nature publishes open access books and chapters under its Springer, Palgrave Macmillan and Apress imprints. We helped to pioneer open access book publishing, first piloting open access publication for books in 2011. 

We publish open access books across a wide range of areas in science, technology, medicine (STM), and humanities and social sciences (HSS). In 2020, we achieved the milestones of publishing our 1000th open access book and reaching 100 million chapter downloads across the whole portfolio.


Springer Nature is committed to the dissemination of information to discovery services for simple integration into library systems.

MARC records are available for open access books via the Metadata Downloader. We encourage libraries to catalog these titles so that researchers can easily access content.

Publishing OA

I_shop_usp_books_100x110Are your patrons curious about publishing an open access book? Point them towards the open access books page for authors to learn how it all works, or they can head directly over to the main imprint web pages to read the FAQ and download various resources.

Reach and impact

Publishing an open access book with us can lead to 10 times more downloads, 2.4 times more citations, 10 times more online mentions, and 61% more countries than publishing a book through the non-open access route (source: Diversifying readership through open access: A usage analysis for OA books).