Open Access

Your open access publication with Mohr Siebeck

The results of your research should be accessible free of charge to as broad a readership as possible, but you do not want to miss out on the content and Mohr Siebeck’s reputation and ensure the uniform citability of your research? With this in mind, we are pleased to offer a hybrid solution for your open access publication.

Tailored to your needs and the specifications of your institution, your work will appear both as a printed book in the usual series format and digitally in the form of a freely accessible PDF file.

Your work can go open access either as soon as the printed publication appears or after an embargo period of two years, for example. A work that you have already published with us can also be rendered open access at any time.

The publication process is largely the same as for a traditional book publication, irrespective of the embargo period selected. When the printed work is published or after the agreed embargo period has expired, we will send you a PDF version of your work suitable for use in open access. An overview of the titles that are already open access can be found here.


We charge a publication fee for your open access publication. This applies to current titles as well as works that previously appeared in our program. The size of the fee depends on numerous factors and can therefore vary considerably from case to case. You will receive an individual quote from the respective program director.


The Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 renders your publication internationally usable under clear conditions without violating your substantive rights as the author (BY: attribution of the author; NC: no commercial use; ND: no modification of the content, e.g., translation).

For questions regarding the further use and secondary exploitation of open access titles, please contact our rights manager.

Visibility, indexing and marketing

Your open access publication will be made freely accessible as a specially prepared PDF file on the Mohr Siebeck eLibrary and listed in relevant subject databases and indexing services. In addition, you can post the PDF file of your work yourself on institutional or subject-specific repositories at any time.

In addition, your publication will further benefit from the following services:

  • Your publication is easy to find worldwide because it is listed in the most important international open access repositories (OAPEN, JSTOR Open Access Books) and in important discovery services (e.g., the Directory of Open Access Books, DOAB). This also documents that it complies with high, globally recognised open access quality standards.
  • On request, we can provide you with quarterly usage figures from the above-mentioned repositories.
  • Your publication's metadata is reported to over 450 of the world's leading academic libraries, including the British Library, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Max Planck Digital Library and numerous university libraries in Germany, Europe and the United States.
  • We will of course treat your open access title no differently from our other publications in marketing and distribution. It will be included in our advertising and distribution channels as well as at meetings and conferences, will be marked as an open access publication on our website, and - in the case of it being immediate open access - featured in our Mohr Kurier.

Archiving open access titles

Your publication will be archived long term with Portico and CLOCKSS to ensure lasting availability.