Open Access Policy

Commitment to the Open Access transformation

Since its foundation in 1970, Peter Lang has been committed to spreading academic knowledge worldwide. That is why we strongly support the Open Access movement and encourage authors to make their research available to the community in a fair and transparent way. We are convinced that to support Open Access, we need to have a vivid and constructive communication between researchers, libraries, funding bodies, and publishers and to experiment with new approaches and business models. 

Our Solutions for Researchers

Gold Open Access Model for Books

Academic Quality Check & Peer Review:
We apply the same thorough review processes for Open Access titles as for other titles published with us. All submitted manuscripts are assessed in form and content by our editorial teams. To prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism, all manuscripts are compared against already published literature using the comparison software iThenticate. Subsequently, manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer review by leading scholars from the relevant subject area. In most cases two independent reviewers are appointed. Reviewers are experienced academics and are asked to abide by the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers ((, which ensures the integrity of the academic research we publish.
We currently offer an Open Access publication under a CC-BY license, but are open to applying other, more restrictive, Creative Commons license types.
Production Formats:
For Open Access titles our general production workflows and standards are apply. Based on an XML production workflow, all Open Access titles are provided in the e-formats PDF, ePUB and MOBI, all of which are freely available. We also provide a print version, which is available for sale.
Marketing and Promotion:
Open Access titles receive the same marketing attention as other titles in our programme, which includes flyers, e-mailings, conference display and many other activities. Each title gets an individual product page on, where information on the title and its authors, as well as supplementary materials and the content itself, can be accessed.
Discovery Services and Archiving:
Full text content and metadata are also hosted on OAPEN. Titles can be found in DOAB and discovery services from EBSCO and ProQuest, as well as in Google Books, OCLC WorldCat and several other services. All titles are archived by Portico.

Repository Policy for Books and Book Chapters:
Repository Policy for Books and Book Chapters: Our repository policy offers authors different solutions to archive and share their work. The full policy can be accessed at Our self-archiving policy is also listed in the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Solutions for Libraries and Funders


We strive to make the publishing process as easy and smooth as possible and therefore are in frequent contact with funding bodies. Our Open Access publications have been supported by renowned funders like Volkswagen Stiftung, FWF and SNF.
We are listed in SHERPA/RoMEO and SHERPA/FACT to make it easy for researchers to see if our journals and serials comply with their funder’s Open Access policy. We are happy to discuss any specific requirements funders and institutions might have, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Open Access to Already Published Books

We support the trend towards unlatching backlist and archive titles. We are actively taking part in the Knowledge Unlatched pledging rounds and also offer the possibility to transform book packages to Open Access via a direct agreement. In the latter case we can include a digitization of titles that are not yet available electronically, so that it is possible to transform whole series or subject areas.
If you are interested in this option, please feel free to contact us.

Metrics and Analytics

For Open Access titles, usage tracking is possible with Counter4-compliant usage statistics and Google Analytics. We also provide free and straightforward access to MARC 21 records for all electronic content.

Open Access Research

We have been part of the OAPEN-CH research group and would be delighted to partner with other institutions to find out more about the needs and effects of Open Access in the publishing world.
The final report is available for download here.
Please feel free to contact us any time on all questions regarding Open Access.