For Researchers

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a discovery service for open access books. DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited collections published under an open access licence, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.

Researchers can use DOAB to access free to read monographs and edited volumes by searching and browsing the directory.

For researchers who want to publish their book in open access, DOAB is a trustworthy source to find a publisher. Books in DOAB are submitted by publishers only. The peer review and licensing procedures of all publishers in DOAB are checked before they can list their books in the directory.

An additional resource relevant for researchers interested in publishing their book open access is the OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit: A free-to-access resource that aims to help academic book authors to better understand open access book publishing. The toolkit offers a coherent set of of more than 30 individual articles addressing various topics related to open access books such as:

  • What is open access?
  • Common misconceptions about open access
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Funding
  • Quality assurance
  • Publishing options
  • Discoverability & impact

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