Rowman and Littlefield International

Open Access

What Is It?

Open Access (OA) in its modern form was first codified at a meeting in Hungary in 2002.  A statement that was written after the meeting is now referred to as the Budapest Open Access Initiative. It begins with some prose that will be familiar to many academics:

"An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds. Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge."

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The idea of free access to scholarly (or indeed any) information is not new. Public libraries have been around for a long while.  However, with electronic distribution to the individual terminal, material can be viewed an endless number of times, by anyone, anywhere, as long as they have the necessary IT infrastructure.  The scale of this radical shift is along the lines of the revolution ushered in by digital publishing and ebooks.  From the limits of physical distribution we go to the supposedly limitless distribution possibilities of the electronic format. It has huge possibilities, and also asks lots of very searching questions.

Rowman and Littlefield International Open Access model

Our Open Access publishing model is open to all our authors and available across all our disciplines.We offer a gold route open access model, where the final full-text PDF is made available to view free of charge on our website (and your funding body’s repository, as required) immediately on publication.  We will continue to print and sell hardback and paperback editions internationally, and we will continue to sell downloadable multi-user/multi-site PDF and ePub editions to institutions, and epubs to individuals.

We charge an APC (Author Processing Charge), based on a fixed price of £20 (+ VAT) per typeset page. Additional charges for images and diagrams apply.  The full cost will be invoiced prior to publication.

All open access titles are fully peer reviewed and follow the same production processes (i.e. copyediting, typesetting and proofreading) as our non-OA titles.


We understand that discoverability is of vital importance to open access books.  In addition, it will be given the same marketing exposure as one of our non-OA titles. We will promote it at relevant academic conferences, through our social media activities, in email campaigns, on our website and in relevant catalogues and other promotional material.

Creative Commons

Open Access titles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Licences, which allow copyright to remain with the author and require that full attribution is given when and where the material is reused. We recommend that OA titles are published under the CC-BY-NC-ND, which requires that permission is sought for any commercial use of the content and restricts the user from transforming or adapting the material. Where your funding body requires the use of a less restrictive licence, such as CC-BY, we will be happy to meet that requirement.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more, or are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact the relevant subject editor.