Repository Policy

Open Access with transcript

As soon as a publication or a chapter of a collective work has been published in Open Access, the authors are free to redistribute the published version themselves. The prerequisite is that the content is labelled with the Creative Commons licence under which the original work was published and that the original source, i.e. the publication of transcript with a link to the publisher's website or the DOI (Digital Object Identifier), is referenced.

Even in the case of paid e-books, we encourage authors to publish their chapters or contributions included in anthologies or journals in institutional repositories or via social networks such as Research Gate. Such ‘self-archiving’ is permitted after an embargo of twelve months from the publication of the print edition. As an author, please cite the copyright details of the source in any further provision [example: Name, first name: Chapter, in: first name last name (ed.), title of essay collection, page number. © transcript Verlag (year of publication)] and refer to the product page of the publication in the transcript webshop or to the DOI.

If a book is still available as a paid e-book edition, a self-archiving right can only be granted for individual chapters because the entire e-book is subject to the book price fixing rule that is legally binding for German publishers. If you would like to make your entire work available in Open Access, we will be happy to prepare a quotation for green Open Access. Send us an email at

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