The below list primarily consists of publishers, societies, and institutions that publish open access monographs.  Also included are databases for accessing open access electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).  In particular, NDLTD's (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) open access dissertations, and PDQT Open, Proquest's open access theses and dissertations.


Books, journals and postprints from departments, research units and publishing programs throughout the University of California.  From the advanced search screen you can limit the publication type to books.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The Directory of Opean Access Books is a catalog of fully open access, scholarly, peer-reviewed books.  Any publisher may submit  books for addition to the catalog, and any library or aggregator may copy the metadata to provide links to the books from their own services.  At present, over 1200 books from 35 publishers are listed.

Amherst College Press

Amherst College Press is a new venture of the Amherst College Library, designed to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed, open access books in selected liberal arts disciplines.  Acceptance of manuscripts will begin after a director is in place, expected to be in Summer 2013.

ANU (Australian National University) E-Press

ANU E Press titles range across a wide variety of of academic disciplines and include monographs, journals and conference proceedings, as well as biographies of key scholarly figures.

Digital Commons Books

Digital Commons Network Database

The Digital Commons Network brings together scholarship from hundreds of universities and colleges, providing open access to peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work. This constantly growing body of publications is curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, and represents thousands of disciplines and subject areas.

National Academies Press  

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.

Newfound Press  

An imprint of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They consider manuscripts in all disciplines, encompassing scientific research, humanistic scholarship, and artistic creation.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

The NDLTD is an international organization promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).  In addition to providing full-text access to ETDs, the website includes  information for university administrators, librarians, faculty, students, and the general public on how to find, create, and preserve ETDs; how to set up an ETD program; legal and technical questions; and the latest news and research in the ETD community.


The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.

Open Humanities Press  

An international open access publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. In 2009 OHP began collaborating with SPO (Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library) to publish monographs.

Penn State Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing  

A partnership between the Penn State Libraries and Penn State Press. See their Romance Studies series, which publishes monographs simultaneously in print (for purchase) and online (open access).


The PDQT Open database provides full text access to PDFs of dissertations and theses free of charge.  The authors have opted for open access publishing through the ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS program.

Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) of the University of Michighan Library

In addition to collaborting with Open Humanities Press to publish monographs, their open access imprint digitalculturebooks, is dedicated to publishing new-model scholarly works in media studies and the digital humanities.

Signale (Cornell University Press & Cornell University Library)  

Launched in 2010, and funded through a three-year Mellon grant, the series will publish, and make available free online, German Studies monographs. The Series is published under a joint Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library imprint.

WAC Clearinghouse

WAC Clearinghouse is a service and open access publisher of books, journals and other resources related to writing across the curriculum. They serve writing across the curriculum teachers and others who use writing in their courses. WAC Clearinghouse has also partnered with Parlor Press to publish the open access monograph series Writing Spaces: Reading on Writing.