Open access books and chapters

At Taylor & Francis we’ve been publishing open access journals since 2006, and in 2013 we launched our open access book program. We publish open access books and book chapters across all subjects in the humanities, social sciences, STEM and behavioral sciences covered by Routledge, CRC Press and our other imprints.

Anyone, anywhere can access over 2,800 books with open access content through our Taylor & Francis eBooks platform.

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What are open access books?

Open access books are single- or co-authored books, edited collections and individual chapters published as gold open access. This means that the final published version is freely available to anyone, anywhere to read, download, and share under a Creative Commons license.

Our open access book content benefits from:

    • The same high quality professional production process as our traditionally published titles

    It is our belief that the option to publish open access is available to as many researchers as possible. To help achieve this we also offer reduced pricing on the Book Processing Charges (BPCs) normally required to publish in the Taylor & Francis open access books program to eligible funders from lower income countries.


    Taylor & Francis is a Gold Sponsor of the directory of open access books (DOAB).

    DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers.

    Open access books and chapters: publishing options

    • Open access books

    Enable researchers to make single- or co-authored books, edited collections and conference proceedings gold open access upon publication.

    • Open access chapters

    Give researchers the flexibility to open one or multiple chapters within a title to gold open access.

    • Pledge to Open

    A new collaborative funding open access books initiative, to ensure the widest possible dissemination and impact of our research book titles. Each collection will showcase 10 cutting edge research titles on a key global issue. This innovative pilot is centered around seven collections:

    • Green Renewable Energy
    • Climate Change
    • Pandemic
    • Women’s Health and Rights
    • Wellbeing and Mental Health
    • Race and Racism
    • Populism and Extremism
    • Retrospective open access

    Convert full books or individual chapters to gold open access after publication. This route benefits from tiered pricing which is linked to the date of publication.

    • Open access collaborative collections

    Open multiple titles or chapters from your institution’s researchers to increase the visibility and impact of work.

    Taylor & Francis partnership with Knowledge Unlatched

    Knowledge Unlatched collections are living collections that continue to expand. These collections are financed through libraries coming together to crowd fund key research, making it available to all.

    Browse the Routledge Gender Studies and African Studies collections

    Browse KU Select titles

    Supporting your researchers to publish open access books

    Discover the flexibility of our open access book memberships – a bespoke solution to support your researchers in publishing open access. Simplify the process of publishing open access for authors, reduce administration for library staff, and benefit from discounted publication charges.

    When your researchers are looking to publish an open access book or chapter, they will usually be required to pay a book publishing charge (BPC). There are many funding options available to help them cover these fees, our team are here to help you navigate the funding landscape. 

    Find out more on funding for publishing open access books.

    Learn about open access book memberships.

    Taylor & Francis is here to help guide you through the process from preparing for submission to publication.

    View the open access books process infographic.

    Taylor & Francis offers a range of Creative Commons licensing options, so you can find the right fit for your researchers. 

    Learn about open access licensing.

    Technology is an important aspect to keep in mind when creating open access content and making free digital content available to all. The goal of open access is to allow content to be easily found, re-used and have real-world impact.

    Discover nine aspects of open access and technology.

    Open access is key to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGO) are reliant on improved access to information and knowledge, therefore creating a clear link between open access, access to information, and sustainable development.

    More on open access and Sustainable Development Goals.