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Open Access


Any academic work can be made open access, including individual book chapters or whole monographs.

Regardless of funder requirements, many monograph publishers permit the deposit of chapters in institutional repositories like Pure, usually after an embargo period. This option is often only available on request, so if authors wish to make chapters open access they should contact their publishers for more information. If you have any further questions about the possibility of making your chapter or monograph open access through deposit in Pure then please contact us at

Wellcome Trust

Currently the Wellcome Trust are the only major funder to require their fundees to make monographs and books chapters open access. If you are Wellcome funded then see the monographs section on this page for further details.


The REF2021 open access requirements do not apply to monographs or book chapters.

HEFCE, the body formerly responsible for the next REF, produced this report on the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research.


The OpenAIRE pilot fund for FP7 funded projects includes monographs, and will pay up to €6,000, though there are strict criteria for eligibility. More information can be found here. This pilot scheme will end on 28th February 2018.

Open Book Publishers

King’s College London is a member of Open Book Publishers, which provides King’s staff and students accessing from a computer on the King’s IP range with access to more readable online formats and a discount on printed copies of their titles.

Open Library of the Humanities 

The Open Library of the Humanities is a charitable organisation dedicated to the publication of open access scholarship with publication costs covered by a consortium of academic libraries, not author-facing article processing charges (APCs).


OAPEN-UK have produced this potentially helpful guide to the current state of open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers.

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