Boydell & Brewer is committed to best serving the academic community and scholarly communication. We are pleased to offer a competitive Open Access option.
Proposals for both new monographs, edited collections and chapters are eligible for our Open Access programme.

We welcome Open Access proposals for the following:
Boydell Press
D.S. Brewer
University of Rochester Press
Camden House
James Currey
Tamesis Books


Our Book Processing Charge (BPC) is £8,500/$11,000*. This covers a manuscript up to 120,000 words. We charge an additional £100/$135* for every additional 2,000 words over this limit. The BPC covers up to a combined total of 40 b+w figures, tables and illustrations. We aim to accommodate a higher number if the work requires it. Please consult with your editor if this is the case.

Our Chapter Processing Fee (CPC) is £1,250/$1,650*.

*Not including VAT/Sales Taxes where applicable.

Open Access License

We will make the book available under a Creative Commons license. We recommend either the CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-ND license. Please discuss with your editor if you require an alternative license.

Peer Review

Open Access titles will receive the rigorous peer review process that all our academic titles go through. A proposed Open Access title has to pass our peer review process to be published.

Distribution and Marketing

  • We will make a Digital Rights Management (DRM) free PDF available via our own website, JSTOR and other repositories as required by the funding body.
  • We will market Open Access titles alongside our non-OA content. Our aim is to deliver value for money to the funders and to drive usage and promote discoverability.
  • When an OA title is published, we will make paperback and retail ebook editions available within three months. These will be at an accessible price.
  • We will be clear in our bibliographical data and marketing material that a free digital copy can be obtained.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whom should I contact to discuss an OA proposal?
Please email your existing editorial contact or write to us at [email protected]

Will my OA book be treated differently than non-OA Boydell & Brewer titles?
The editorial and production processes will be the same. The proposal still needs to pass our rigorous peer review. Your book will go through the same copyediting, typesetting and cover design stages as all of our other titles. It will also be marketed in the same way with catalogue entries, conference displays and a presence in our digital promotions. The only real difference is the distribution of the file to the OA depositories.

Can I add third-party content to my OA book?
It is vital that all permissions are cleared by the author/editor. Copyright holders need to be told of your intention to publish your work as Open Access. Note that rights holders can be more reluctant to grant permission when the publication is Open Access.

When is the Book Processing Charge payable?
Payment is due on submission of the final manuscript.

Can my already published book be made Open Access?
We will consider requests. A fee would be payable and the appropriate permissions would have to be cleared by the author. Please contact your editor for a quote.

Will the authors/editors receive gratis copies of Open Access titles?
The BPC covers one paperback gratis copy. We also offer a generous discount on additional copies.

Why sell my Open Access book as a paperback?
We know that many readers still prefer print and making a paperback available at an accessible price increases the circulation of the title further.