1. What are the advantages of publishing in open access as opposed to the traditional print model?
As a publishing model, Open Access enables your research to reach the widest possible audience. It also allows you to share the results with the global scholarly community. So far, Open Access has been successfully used for journals and now we seek to apply it to monographs. Not only has research refuted the assumption that Open Access jeopardizes print sales, it has in fact shown that the publishing model can significantly increase them. Electronic Publishing also offers many additional features that are not available in traditional formats, such as reference linking, full-text search etc. As the cost of handling Open Access publishing is lower, one can afford publishing very specialized books, which otherwise, due to their small potential audience, might not have been accepted for print by traditional academic publishers.
2. Why publish with De Gruyter Open as opposed to just uploading a PDF file onto my webpage?
Open Access Publishing does not simply mean uploading a PDF file onto a website and making it available to anyone. It is a publishing service handled with meticulous care to meet the standards of quality scholarly publication. All book proposals and manuscripts are submitted to a rigorous and comprehensive peer-review, they are copy-edited by a native English speaker specializing in the field and, in the production process, professionally formatted in PDF. As we introduce print on demand options, the author will be granted royalties from print sales, as well as receiving three complimentary print copies of his/her book. We also handle distribution of your book, ranging from making it available in e-book form on our platform, in libraries and other distributors such as Amazon and selling print copies to libraries and individuals.
3. Why choose De Gruyter Open over other open access publishers?
De Gruyter Open has been on the market for more than a decade now and within this relatively short amount of time, with over 300 Open Access journals in its portfolio, it has managed to establish itself as one of the leading scholarly Open Access Publishers. During this time, we have acquired substantial Open Access publishing know-how. We know how to approach Open Access publishing and we do it with high efficiency and with high standards in mind. The De Gruyter Open team is made up of young, creative and competent people who take pride in working on this pioneering project. In January 2012, the De Gruyter Open company was acquired by De Gruyter, a prominent scholarly publisher with a 260-year history. We are honored to cooperate with the most distinguished scholars in their respective disciplines and seek their advice regarding our publishing portfolio.
4. How do you address the common view of open access as “vanity press”?
Open Access publishing is often mistakenly associated with low quality texts that would have never met the standards of traditional academic publishers and would have not been published otherwise. The Open Access Books program at De Gruyter Open challenges this idea as it sets out to deliver high quality publications to the readers for free. For the Open Access Books program we apply the same standards as are used in the traditional publishing model, so each book proposal and manuscript must first be accepted by two reviewers in order to qualify for publication. We are committed to make this selection as scrupulous as possible by choosing our reviewers from among the best specialists in respective fields.
5. What marketing and PR strategies are available for the open access books program?
De Gruyter Open uses the openscience.com blog, as a platform for the ongoing exchange of ideas and experiences in Open Access publishing. All new book titles and reviews are promoted on relevant global science and research news services to increase their discoverability by scientists and researchers. We will also use social media platforms to maintain ongoing discussions about the program. De Gruyter Open will be present at some of the most influential conferences and plans to spread the news about Open Access Books among academics through various group discussions, academic societies and universities. We are also working on extensive press coverage of the program and forthcoming titles.
6. What is De Gruyter Open publishing strategy when it comes to books?
De Gruyter Open is interested in innovative, promising research from various scholarly disciplines. Our publishing portfolio covers 27 broad areas, ranging from Chemistry to Arts, Music and Architecture. Regarding the content, we do not target any specific subject areas, as we are interested in topics that may attract a wide market (occasionally the consumer market as well). Our ambition is to reach 200 published books soon. De Gruyter Open focuses on monographs, but we will also welcome textbooks, edited volumes and reference works. As a rule, all books will be in English, yet, in exceptional justified cases, we will consider other international languages.
7. What are the benefits of joining our books program as an Editorial Advisory Board member?
As an Editorial Advisory Board member you will have the opportunity to support our innovative Open Access Books program, which seeks to revitalize the declining academic book publishing market and give the scholarly monograph a second life. Our goal is to publish fresh, promising research and make sure that it reaches the widest possible audience, with no geographic or economic constraints. As we want to ensure that De Gruyter Open publications meet the highest quality standards, we only invite the most distinguished scholars, who are authorities in their respective fields, to join our EABs. As De Gruyter Open Open Access Editorial Advisory Member you will have the chance to participate in this pioneering project and watch it change the world of scholarly publishing.
8. What are the benefits of joining our books program as an Associate Editor?
As an Associate Editor you will have the opportunity to support our innovative Open Access Books program, which seeks to revitalize the declining academic book publishing market and give the scholarly monograph a second life. Our goal is to publish fresh, promising research and make sure that it reaches the widest possible audience, with no geographic or economic constraints. De Gruyter Open Associate Editors are given the chance to have an impact on scholarship by identifying promising authors in their field and inviting them to publish with us. They also have their say in the evaluation of book proposals. You will be remunerated for each published book and your name will be listed in the book credits. We will also provide you with a complimentary printed copy of each book you work on and your name will be listed on our webpage among other Editors and Editorial Advisory Members in your field.
9. What are the benefits of joining our books program as an Assistant Editor?
As an Assistant Editor you will have the opportunity to support our innovative Open Access Books program, which seeks to revitalize the declining academic book publishing market and give the scholarly monograph a second life. Our goal is to publish fresh, promising research and make sure that it reaches the widest possible audience, with no geographic or economic constraints. De Gruyter Open Assistant Editors are given a chance to participate in this pioneering program and to help us change the world of scholarly publishing. You will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team in a new field and familiarize yourself with the newest publishing practices. De Gruyter Open values the engagement of its Assistant Editors and provides them with references and letters of recommendations. Assistant Editors are also listed on our webpage among other Editors and distinguished scholars from the Editorial Advisory Board in each respective field of research.