Publishing Open Access Books: Chapters

Options for Open Access Book Chapters

At Taylor & Francis we aim to offer authors choice in their route to publishing, and that includes when and how they choose to publish open access (OA) with us.

We offer two options for authors or contributors to make individual book chapters available open access. Whilst there are many different definitions of open access, these options correspond to what is normally referred to as ‘gold’ or ‘green’ open access.

The two options for OA book chapters are as follows:

1) Author pays for immediate open access (the ‘Gold’ OA model)

Gold open access means that the final published version of the author’s chapter is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere, to read.

We are committed to being flexible on the specifics of the Creative Commons license for your OA chapter and we are able to be adaptable to the prefered license types based on funder and author needs. You still retain intellectual copyright of your work whichever license is agreed.

Taylor & Francis Books Open Access chapters are published under a Creative Commons license. Our default license is CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs). 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.

Chapters from all research-level books that fit our standard publishing model for specialist scholarly works are eligible for gold open access. Research-level books can be single- or co-authored books and edited collections.

We will make the published book chapter available open access on the website. Making your chapter Open Access can be arranged with the relevant T&F editor either in advance of publication or retrospectively after publication.

The publishing charge for each chapter made available for immediate open access is from £1,250 /  €1,500 / $1,688 (USD), plus tax. Many funders and institutions cover this charge on behalf of researchers, provided that material is published under a Creative Commons license, which we offer to authors choosing this option.

2) Archiving of a chapter on a website or in a repository (the ‘Green’ OA model)

Our green open access policy refers to self-archiving of a chapter (not whole book) and applies to the earlier version of the chapter or ‘Accepted Manuscript’ (AM). An AM is the post-contract but pre-production (i.e. not copyedited, typeset, or proofread) Word Document/PDF version of the chapter that has been approved for publication. 

Chapters from all Taylor & Francis books are eligible for green open access, as follows:

  • Single authored book: One chapter.
  • Multi-authored book: One chapter per author.
  • Edited book: One chapter per editor or contributor.

Authors may upload the AM chapter to a closed (not publicly accessible) departmental or institutional repository immediately after publication of the book (what is often referred to as the Version of Record), so that it is freely available for anyone within your institutional network to access. Such a repository is accessible to students or staff members only.

Authors can also post the AM book chapter to an open repository or academic social media site (such as Mendeley, ResearchGate or, or a personal or departmental website (including Facebook, Google groups, LinkedIn and Twitter), after an embargo period of 18 months for Humanities and Social Sciences books or 12 months for STEM books. All authors are required to respect the relevant embargo periods before making AMs available as an open deposit.  An open repository is one that is freely available for anyone to access.  In some cases, exceptions can be made to our embargo periods to meet funder mandates.

We recommend that you apply a Creative Commons (CC) license to the AM version to make it clear to others how they can reuse your work. We recommend the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) license. In summary, this Creative Commons Licence permits the sharing of the OA Content by others provided that the Author is credited but does not permit any alterations to the OA Content or for it to be built upon or for the OA Content to be used commercially.  The following statement can be used when sharing your AM chapter:

“It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.”

Authors may not post the final published book chapter (Version of Record) to any site, unless it has been published as gold open access on our website.  Please note that the author is responsible for supplying their AM version of their chapter for self-archiving.


Closed departmental or institutional repository (e.g. restricted access university or funder intranet)

Open repository, website or social media site (e.g. OA university repository, Mendeley, ResearchGate, or personal websites)

Pre-Production Chapter (AM)

After publication of the book (Version of Record)

After an embargo period of 18 months for HSS and 12 months for STEM books

Published chapter (Version of Record)​​​

Only Gold OA chapters can be uploaded immediately after publication of the book

Only Gold OA chapters can be uploaded immediately after publication of the book

To encourage citation of an author’s work we request that authors insert a link from their posted AM to the published book on the Taylor & Francis website with the following text: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in [BOOK TITLE] on [date of publication], available online:[BOOK ISBN URL] or[BOOK ISBN URL]

For any further guidance or support around Green Open Access please feel free to reach out to our OA Books team.