Publication Formats

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Academic publishing has been subject to profound change in recent years. The publishing landscape has become much more diverse and has irrevocably turned towards the digital. We meet this new development with great openness and understand hybrid publishing as the most effective mode of research publishing today.

Therefore, almost all of our titles are published as both print and e-books. We continuously follow the highest quality standards regarding our titles’ looks and physical features. At the same time, our e-books are released with the same effort – available either at the same retail price as the print version or as open access.

During the publication process, we respond flexibly to our authors’ needs and aim for a maximum of medial quality, visibility, and communicative range.

Print Books

In our print releases we value a modern, clean look and high-end production features. From the early days of our existence we have been at the forefront of aesthetically impactful design in academic publishing.

Print run

The print runs of our specialist books usually range from 100 to 500 copies. In cases of continued demand we arrange for reprints immediately after the stock of the first edition has sold to ensure that our publications remain available and stock meets demand. Only about ten percent of our titles published since 1998 are now out of print.

Our scholarly titles are normally published with the following features:


We mostly use a 148 x 225 mm format that stands out due to its elegance and good readability.


Our covers are produced in four-colour (CMYK) print on sturdy 280g coated paperboard with a matt laminate finish.


High-quality and robust binding using glue ensures our books’ durability for many years.


For the book block we use durable publishing paper (90g) in a reader-friendly cream colour. It is possible to print on paper of another colour in order to enhance the quality of images.

Printing process

Print runs of fewer than 1,000 copies are normally printed digitally, anything above that in litho.

Figures (Images, Tables, Graphs, etc.)

Black/white figures or colour images can be placed within the book according to the author’s wishes, though colour figures may incur additional costs. High resolution images achieve very good printing results on our regular publishing paper.


Generally, our e-books are published in PDF format; some of our titles are additionally released as EPUB.

PDF E-Books

The PDF format is the digital standard in scholarly publishing, and libraries increasingly purchase PDF e-books instead of print copies. They can be read on PCs and mobile devices and fulfil all requirements of academic citations since their pagination is identical to that of the book’s print edition.

A PDF e-book is generated on the basis of the print PDF file but contains additional bookmarks. Every PDF e-book and its individual chapters are assigned unique DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers). This makes them easy to cite in a clear and unambiguous way and drastically improves their findability on the internet.

transcript collaborates with several abstracting and indexing services (e.g. OCLC, Exlibris, Google) that aim to improve the discoverability and usability of academic literature. All our e-books receive a full text index that is itemized in metadata and abstracts and thus increases discoverability even on chapter level. Our e-books thus conform to Gold Open Access standard.


Upon request we create an e-book in EBUP format. EPUBs are optimized for reading on mobile devices: The page layout is flexible and there is no fixed pagination, which makes reading easier but citing more difficult. EPUB is the standard in trade and consumer publishing, especially for fiction books, and the most important shop formats are based on EPUB, but it is used for a number of specialist and academics books as well.

Creating an EBUP e-book is more complex and time-consuming than generating a PDF e-book. Just like our PDF e-books, our EPUBs benefit from comprehensive metadata which enables efficient findability and processing in libraries and online shops.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

The digitization of academic publishing calls for new tools to handle research papers and monographs. As a member of the Publishers International Linking Association (PILA), we support the CrossRef initiative for the sustainable dissemination of scholarly publications.

We assign a singular identification number – the so-called DOI – to each digital book and its chapters as well as to each journal and its individual articles and register these DOIs with the CrossRef agency. The content thus becomes indefinitely and unambiguously findable and citable: The DOI is the permanent web address of the registered content, where it remains unchanged even if the saving location becomes a different one. Through DOIs readers worldwide gain access to your work with a single click. It is an effective and globally recognized tool for researching scholarly content and steadily increases in significance.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

We equip all our e-books with "soft" copy protection (watermarks) and protect them from illegitimate usage while at the same time guaranteeing that the use of the e-book is as unrestricted as possible.

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