Open Access: Frequently Asked Questions

Creative Commons Licenses

Which license does Taylor & Francis Books Open Access use?

Taylor & Francis Books Open Access titles are published under a Creative Commons license. Our preferred license is Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license. Under this license, others may download your work and share it as long as they credit you, but they can't change it in any way or use it commercially. The license also allows for text- and data-mining of your works. The full legal code is available here.

But we are prepared to be flexible on the specifics of the Creative Commons license for your OA book based on funder and author needs. Contact your editor for more details. 

Why CC BY-NC-ND?

It is our view that this license provides the best combination of dissemination and protection, particularly for our authors in humanities and social sciences.

It was our authors’ stated preference in the Open Access Survey: Exploring the views of Taylor & Francis and Routledge authors which corroborated the OAPEN-UK HSS Researcher Survey Results by JISC Collections.

We believe that we are offering the licensing option that best respects our authors’ preferences and practical considerations but we are prepared to discuss other licensing options based on funder’s policies.

Publication Charges

What are the publication charges for Taylor & Francis Books Open Access titles?

£10,000 / $13,000 plus applicable taxes is the book publication charge for an entire book. £1,250 / $1,625 is the charge for an individual chapter.

When would this need to be paid?

When the final manuscript is submitted to Taylor & Francis, unless otherwise agreed.

What would this charge cover?

Taylor & Francis Books Open Access titles benefit from the usual high standards of professionalism and expertise as our non-OA titles and receive the same editorial guidance, peer review, production values, sales and marketing support and global distribution. Taylor & Francis will pay for the book to be professionally indexed unless the author wishes to compile their own index.

How has the charge been calculated?

We have calculated the OA charge based on the revenue we would usually receive to cover the typical costs involved in the publishing process including editorial, production, marketing, sales, IT and distribution.

Are any discounts or waivers available on the OA fees?

Taylor & Francis is committed to bringing research by scholars in emerging nations to the attention of the global academic community. We also want to make the option to publish open access available to as many researchers as possible. To help achieve this we offer waivers and discounts on the Book Publishing Charges (BPCs) normally required to publish in the Taylor & Francis Books Open Access programme for authors with primary affiliations based in countries defined by the World Bank as Low-Income Economies or Lower-Middle-Income Economies. Contact your editor for more details.

What if the authors change their mind or the open access funding falls through
before submission?

Taylor & Francis would discuss the best available options with the relevant author(s) but would be most likely to proceed with the book in the normal way for a non-OA title.

Peer-Review

What is the peer-review procedure for Taylor & Francis Books Open Access titles?

Taylor & Francis is committed to the highest standards of peer-review in order to maintain our reputation for scholarly rigour and quality control and this is equally true for any Open Access book titles.

ALL Taylor & Francis Books Open Access titles will be sent out to multiple referees before there is any agreement to proceed with them. Contracts to publish will only be issued after satisfactory peer-review. The final manuscript may also be submitted to further refereeing either by a series editor or by an external reviewer.

Publishing Suitability & Formats

What types of book projects will you publish as part of Taylor & Francis Books
Open Access?

We will ONLY publish research books open access. These can be books that are single-authored or that have multiple authors; and can be edited or co-edited collections; but they must fit our standard publishing model for specialist scholarly works.

What types of book projects will you NOT publish as part of Taylor & Francis 
Books Open Access?

Anything that is not a research book – for example: textbooks, reference works, readers and trade titles would all be excluded.

In what formats will a Taylor & Francis Books Open Access book be published?

Upon publication, your monograph will be freely and immediately available online on the Taylor & Francis eBooks platform and clearly identified as ‘open access’. Readers will be able to read online or download a DRM-free PDF.

Taylor & Francis Books Open Access eBooks may be included in our e-collections but customers will not be charged for them.

A print version of the book will be made available for customers still wanting to purchase a hard copy of the book. Authors may be entitled to royalties on any print sales of the book.

Submission & Content Guidelines for Authors

How do I publish my research via Taylor & Books Open Access?

In the first instance, please contact the appropriate editor and let them know details of your proposal and that it is your intention to publish this via Taylor & Francis Books Open Access.

General proposal submission information can be found at: www.routledge.com/resources/authors/

There is a list of editorial contacts by subject at: www.routledge.com/contacts/editorial

For general queries, please contact: oabooks@tandf.co.uk

After I contact the appropriate editor, what happens next?

Your proposal will be evaluated initially by the subject editor and then sent out for peer review to at least two referees. Assuming that there is a positive outcome to the refereeing process, you will be issued with a contract specifically designed for open access publications. When the final manuscript is submitted and accepted by the Publisher, you will be expected to pay the publication charges. Your manuscript will then go through the normal Taylor & Francis production process and be published OA approximately five months later. Your publication will feature in the appropriate Taylor & Francis subject catalogues and other relevant marketing material.

Can I use third party material where permission may be required?

No. Our policy is not to include material requiring the clearance of permissions or rights in Taylor & Francis Books Open Access.

I have an existing book contract with Taylor & Francis. Can I change this to
publish the book open access?

You would need to contact your editor at Taylor & Francis to discuss this but this should not be a problem if you have the necessary funding.

I have published a book with Taylor & Francis. Can I now publish the book
open access?

We have converted some of our older backlist titles to Open Access as part of the Taylor & Francis Books Open Archive project. We would also consider converting a published book to Open Access for a suitable fee. Please contact your editor for more details.