Open access books & chapters

Springer Nature publishes open access (OA) books and chapters under its SpringerOpen and Palgrave Macmillan 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).

Springer Nature Open Access Books Portfolio

Open access book highlights

Springer’s notable open access books list includes author Gerard t'Hooft, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics and co-author Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and winner of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award, as well as the IMISCOE Research Series book Contested Childhoods which was selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2017.

Palgrave Macmillan was one of the first publishers to offer an open access option for HSS and the first major publisher to offer CC BY for OA books. Palgrave Macmillan’s notable OA titles include the first Wellcome Trust-funded OA monograph Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000 as well as other titles: The Academic Book of the Future, Digital Kenya and European Citizenship After Brexit. 

Our open access books portfolio has achieved the milestone of 30 million chapter downloads since 2013, from over 150 countries. Check out our usage statistics page and our portfolio infographic to find out more.

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SpringerOpen publishes open access books and chapters across a wide range of areas within science, technology, medicine (STM), humanities and social sciences (HSS), and business and economics. 


Palgrave Macmillan publishes open access books and chapters across a wide range of areas in the humanities and social sciences (HSS), business and economics. 

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Community involvement

We work with external partners and the scholarly community to lead the way for open access books:

  • Springer Nature is a member of OAPEN, a dedicated platform for hosting, dissemination, discovery and preservation of open access books
  • We are sponsors of the Directory of Open Access Books, for increased discoverability of open access books
  • Ros Pyne, Head of Policy and Development at Springer Nature, is a member of the Universities UK Open Access Monographs subgroup
  • We participate in various conferences such as Academic Publishing in Europe (APE), Charleston, FORCE, OpenCon, Researcher to Reader and Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP).

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