Open access book anniversary

To support the development of open research – which has proven to be critically important during the Coronavirus crisis – we are looking to publish 10 open access books and to cover the associated costs.

Participate in our tender to get your OA book published without any fees! If you are a researcher planning to publish your monograph in 2021, we encourage you to submit your proposal and draft manuscript in the 10-week period from 5 October 2020 to 13 December 2020.


> Submission form for your proposal
> Submission form for your proposal (German)
> Call for proposals (PDF)


  • Planned publication date for the book is 2021
  • All copyrights and image rights can be retained by the author
  • All established Creative Commons licenses are eligible
  • Tender is open for all academics (from PhD stage onwards) from all 30 disciplines of our OA book portfolio
  • English and German language publications are accepted
  • Submissions in other languages are possible for the Modern Languages and Classical Studies subject areas
  • Please send the submission form for your proposal together with the draft manuscript


  • After the submission period (5 October 2020 - 13 December 2020), your proposal will undergo discipline-specific evaluation
  • In April 2021, the shortlisted titles will be forwarded to an expert committee
  • In May 2021, the final announcement of the successful applications will be made


  • Immediate publication available to global audiences on
  • Citation of online publication (DOI)
  • Indexing in the Directory of Open Access Books
  • Available on publication platforms such as OAPEN
  • Specific open-access marketing for the winning titles, such as enhanced social media visibility
  • Print on-demand service
  • Please have a look at Our Open Access Book Services to see which other services are included.


  • Julia Bergmann, Bremen, Germany
  • Patrick Danowski, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Marko Demantowsky, School of Education FHNW and University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Lieb, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Lubkoll, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Riccardo Pozzo, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • Dr. Lydia Schumacher, King`s College London, London, Great Britain
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Zepp, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany


“In Classical Studies, we are passionately striving for more diversity, more digital use and more open access.”
Marco Michele Acquafredda, Acquisitions Editor Classical Studies

“Researchers in art history are still cautious about open access. I hope this tender will encourage authors to consider open access and explore this opportunity.”
Dr. Katja Richter, Senior Acquisitions Editor Arts

“De Gruyter’s Romance Studies program embraces the open access movement in all its complexity. The bilingual journal Pragmática Sociocultural/Sociocultural Pragmatics, launched in 2013, is the first example of this success. Since then, our OA portfolio has grown to include titles in different Romance Languages, as well as in English and German. Given the multilingual and multinational nature of research in Romance Studies, open access enables multilingualism as a key concept to enhance different ways of perceiving the world and stimulating originality and ground-breaking ideas.”
Dr. Ulrike Krauß, Senior Acquisitions Editor Modern Languages


De Gruyter has been publishing excellent academic works for more than 270 years. Since our founding days, we have kept our fingers firmly on the pulse – so it is only logical that we were an early adopter and passionate advocate of open access.

In 2010, De Gruyter published the Handbuch Bibliothek 2.0 (Handbook Library 2.0), its first open access publication. Two years later, we acquired Versita, a fully open-access publisher that is now called Sciendo and provides services for societies, universities and researchers. In 2013, the humanities open access journal Sociocultural Pragmatics appeared for the first time, while in 2015, we started converting subscription journals to open access. Finally, in 2019, De Gruyter extended this practice to books and launched pilot models to move entire book series to open access.

The results speak for themselves: two-thirds of De Gruyter’s journals portfolio is now published open access, and with more than 3,000 open access books available on we are one of the largest publishers of open access books in the world.


Maria Zucker
Manager Open Access Books

Please submit your proposal and draft manuscript to Maria Zucker, Manager Open Access Books at: