Our Open Access Services

Open Access with transcript

In the following we provide you with comprehensive information about our services for OA publications. With view of the enormous amount of content on the internet, our goal is to help our publications achieve an optimal presence and findability in the infinite digital space.


Every transcript Open Access publication is published as a printed book, in PDF format and as an e-paper version for direct reading in the browser. The digital edition reproduces the printed book 1:1, including cover and imprint. The e-book contains a reference to the Creative Commons licence, the rights holders and, if applicable, the sponsor. It is ‘bookmarked’ and searchable, allowing easy navigation within the file. As a PDF with stable pagination, the Open Access edition complies with scientific citation standards.


On request we also produce OA content in EPUB format. This format is optimised for reading on mobile devices and also allows, for example, inclusion in certain online shops such as Amazon, which uses format-related DRM.


For each individual book project, we create title-specific dense metadata in German and English that includes subject area codes, information on the authors, book title & series, volume number, ISBN, DOI, Creative Commons licensing, etc. This guarantees optimal findability of our publications at national and international levels.

Our metadata are available in ONIX, csv or MARC formats. Our OAI interface also facilitates data export to repositories.

DOI, ISBN and data exports

As a member of the Crossref Initiative, transcript registers every digital publication. The entire title and each chapter are given an individual Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Unlike a URL, this is permanently valid and remains stable even if the storage location changes: The content can be found and cited online without any time limit. The DOI contributes significantly to improving the visibility and use of a work. It can be found via the Crossref metadata search and on the transcript book details page under ‘bibliographic data’.

Our metadata is available in ONIX, csv or MARC formats. Our OAI interface also facilitates data export to repositories.

Visibility – Abstracting and Indexing (A&I)

We achieve an optimal presence and findability of our OA publications in the digital realm, among many other things, through their full-text indexing as well as through our cooperation with numerous abstracting & indexing services (GoogleBooks, EBSCOhost, ProQuest, etc.), whose aim is to improve the visibility and usability of scientific literature. Such discoverability-services break down the contents of the full texts into metadata and abstracts. These are then included e.g. in the Ex-Libris Primo Central Index - one of the most comprehensive indexes that enables content to be searched in a library context. This makes chapter-level content just as visible as entire books. In addition to automatically delivering all new publications, we also send all eligible publications to Scopus and Web of Science (Book Citation Index) of Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for promotion.

Distribution & Availability

Our OA e-books are integrated into a powerful global distribution network and thus reach their readers worldwide as free editions via various platforms, libraries and shops.

Each of our publications has its own product page on our publishing website. A separate main menu item ‘Open Access’ makes it easy to find all OA e-books sorted by subject area.

All our OA publications are also hosted by the digital libraries JSTOR and HathiTrust. A link to the social annotation platform PaperHive makes them accessible for teaching and enables In-Paper Discussions.

Through our distribution partnerships with renowned academic publishers such as Columbia University Press (USA), Gazelle Books Services Ltd. (UK and Europe) or De Gruyter Verlag (worldwide), our titles are presented together with other top-class publications from first-rate international publishers.

In addition, our Open Access e-books also find their way into the international (online) book trade. They are available as free titles - depending on the format - for about 3,000 national and international shops and bookshops. Below is a selection of our affiliated book trade partners:

Amazon Kindle-Shop / Apple iBookstore / Baker & Taylor (YBP) / Barnes & Noble / Bookmate / buch.de / buchhandel.de / buecher.de / ceebo / CNPIEC / Donauland.at / Der Club Bertelsmann / EBooks.com / Entitle / Flipkart / Google eBooks / Google Book Search / Hugendubel / Kobo / Lehmanns Media / Libri GmbH / Librify / Liro-Shops / Mayersche Buchhandlung / Marketingverbund (~40 brick-and-mortar book shops in Austria and South Tyrole) / Numilog / OnlineKiosk / Osiandersche Buchhandlung / otto-media.de / Overdrive / Oyster / Pubbles / RedShelf / Rockstand / Standaard Boekhandel / sobooks / Sack Mediengruppe / Sainsbury's / Thalia / Txtr / Umbreit / Weltbild / Wook / Zola Books / 24Symbols

PR and Marketing

Our OA e-books not only feature the same high technical standards as our paid e-books, but we also present, promote and distribute them with the same effort to maximise their dissemination:

New publications are announced in our print and online media (publisher's previews, brochures and flyers, newsletters, website and social media channels) and also presented as part of independent OA campaigns. Our internationally active team of representatives personally presents the transcript programme - including the OA titles - to libraries worldwide. (Subject) editors and experts receive review copies of the printed or electronic edition.

Reach/Impact and User Data

Our usage statistics prove the success of our aggressive OA strategy. We offer our authors the greatest possible transparency regarding the effectiveness of our marketing activities and sales infrastructures:

We archive the OA download figures of our partners as well as of our own platform on a monthly basis so that we can survey and document the interest in our publications over the long term. Library-related usage data is also available via the respective platform partner in the COUNTER standard.

Long-term Archiving

Our archiving agreement with Portico ensures the long-term findability of our e-books. Our digital publications thus remain permanently available.

Quality Control

Solid quality control is the top priority of our publishing programme. All titles are thoroughly checked before contracting during a committed editorial review process. On request, we offer plagiarism screening with a Similarity Check, and our OA offerings include the option of an external peer review.

For OA content in particular, it is crucial that it is embedded in a high-quality scientific environment. Our layout and logo make them clearly attributable to the transcript programme. Our presence on the DeGruyter platform puts them in direct proximity to top-class titles from other renowned international publishers.

In order to ensure a high standard of quality and the optimal distribution of our free content, we have also joined the OAPEN Foundation. This foundation operates the OAPEN Library, a platform for OA publications in the humanities and social sciences whose high quality is ensured through tight review practices. The inclusion of our titles in the OAPEN Library and the Directory of Open Books (DOAB) serves as a seal for trustworthy and scientifically high-quality content.

In addition, we have committed ourselves to the recommendations on quality standards for open access books (PDF) of the National Open Access Contact Point, thus ensuring compliance with the highest standards for open access.

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