Open Access



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What is Open Access?

Open Access means that readers have unrestricted, free online access to academic publications. The terms and conditions for distribution and use are specified by the Creative Common License that applies to an Open Access publication.

Financing Models for Open Access

The publication of academic research entails financial commitment of the publishing house. Traditionally, this is covered by the selling of paid printed books and e-books, as well as subscriptions. In the Open Access model, these costs are distributed differently. Three dominant models can currently be distinguished: Funding through third parties (e.g. through a research grant), funding by the author or the associated institution and crowdfunding. For further information on the different options, please contact us.

Why should you publish Open Access?

Visibility: With Open Access, your work is freely accessible to the widest possible audience. It increases the number of downloads and citations. And you personally will be able to share your work freely wherever you want.
Research funding: More and more funding bodies and institutions require that funded research should be published in Open Access. Institutions that recommend and advocate Open Access usually have their own Open Access budget which affiliated researchers are entitled to use.
Interdisciplinary: Open Access contributes to the dialogue between research areas and disciplines and facilitates a closer scientific network from which we all ultimately benefit.

Open Access at Brill | Fink

As an academic publishing house, we are committed to the dissemination of outstanding research results in the form of textbooks and journals. In addition to the printed book, this also includes digital availability on the internet. Just like you as an author, we are interested in ensuring that your book is widely perceived and cited by the academic community and the media. As an alternative to the publication of a paid c, we offer you the possibility of an Open Access publication. This is either applicable to entire books or individual book chapters as well as to journal articles. Titles that are published in Open Access by us do not differ from other books in terms of service, production, marketing, distribution and reviews.
Open Access publications at Brill | Fink benefit from our close cooperation with Brill. Brill is both a sponsor and member of the most important Open Access initiatives, such as Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). Our connection to Brill's Open Access program ensures an even wider reach for your publication. Your work will not only be accessible via the Brill | Fink, website, but also via Brill's platform. Furthermore, all Open Access titles will be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and in OAPEN library. The Open Access version of your book is disseminated to the libraries over our distribution channels like a regular e-book, i.e. your library can register to receive the metadata so that it is included in the catalog.

Further information on Brill's Open Access program can be found on

Usage License

Usage licenses define how the user may engage with the publication. Most common are the licenses of the organisation Creative Commons, a non-profit institution founded in the USA in 2001 to develop legal texts (rights modules, licenses). All Open Access publications of Brill | Fink are published by default under the Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. For you as an author, this means that your work is available in full text without restriction and free of charge and that the entire work may be downloaded, copied and pasted in its original form as long as these usages

  • identify the authors and their contributions in a bibliographic correct way (mention of names - BY),
  • are limited to non-commercial purposes (non-commercial - NC),
  • and do not make any changes to the work (non-derivative - ND).

Our Services:

  • typesetting as full-text XML incl. two correction runs
  • XML metadata description
  • MARC records
  • E-book (PDF)
  • Cover design
  • Open Access CC-BY-NC-ND license
  • DOI assignment (book-, chapter-, contribution- and article-based) via Crossref
  • International marketing and sales, as well as press relations
  • Long-term archiving
  • Free and unrestricted provision of the data on the publisher's website ( /
  • Listing on DOAB and OAPEN
  • Free use for an institutional or discipline-specific repository


Self-archiving, often referred to as Green Open Access, regards to the secondary publication of articles in online repositories and open archives. It does not concern monographs, but individual contributions to journals and edited volumes.
Under the following conditions the imprints of Brill Deutschland GmbH (Brill | Schöningh, Brill Fink and Brill | mentis) permit the self-archiving of articles from journals and edited volumes:

  • The first draft of a submitted article may be shared across a repository or archive at any point in the publication process. The first draft of an article has not yet been evaluated or otherwise provided with added value (e.g. formatting or editing).
  • After publication, the accepted author manuscript may be shared via a repository or archive. There is no embargo period. The accepted version of the author manuscript is the version accepted for publication, containing all changes made after peer review and text editing, but not yet set in the publisher's layout.
  • The publisher's layout may not be used in a repository or archive.




First draft Pre-peer review At any point in the publication process
Author Manuscript Post-peer review Immediately after publication
Published PDF Post-publication Personal use only. Personal sharing allowed between up to 8 colleagues or peers


The following repositories and archives are eligible for sharing the publication:

  • The repository of the institution the author is affiliated to.
  • A not-for-profit subject repository that is relevant for the respective discipline.
  • A funder repository to comply with the funder’s requirements for publishing.
  • The author‘s personal website.
  • Scholarly Collaboration Networks that adheres to STM sharing principles; see below. Please note that Brill Deutschland GmbH does not allow sharing on or Researchgate.


Scholarly Collaboration Networks:

  • ArXIV
  • BioRxiv
  • Center for Open Science
  • EndNote
  • Figshare
  • Institutional Repository
  • LabArchives
  • LOOP
  • Mendeley
  • Paperhive
  • Papers
  • PubMed Central
  • ReadCube
  • RefWorks
  • SSRN
  • Trellis