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Open Access (OA) Publishing with IGI Global
IGI Global offers open access (OA) publishing in both scholarly journals and reference books. This publishing model allows for authors to have their work published and freely accessible to the research community after publication.
book icon Book OA Publication Models
Also, IGI Global’s Fair Use Policy allows for very liberal self-archiving (green open access) of subscription-based/non-OA published works.
Benefits of OA
With the industry shifting from the more traditional publication models to an open access (OA) publication model, publishers are finding that OA publishing has many benefits that are awarded to authors and editors of published work.
  • IGI Global is a full-service OA publisher with more than 30+ years of academic publishing experience.
  • IGI Global OA publications are extremely impactful and highly indexed in prominent indexes such as the Web of Science and Scopus®.
  • Publishers have seen about an 89% increase in the citation and download rate of published OA content which leads to an increase in indexing potential.
  • OA publishing focuses on a rigorous and expediate publishing process.
  • After publication of an OA manuscript, the research is not only freely accessible to all in the research community, but the copyright of the published material stays with the author as well (under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement).
  • Published OA manuscripts have a higher discoverability, recognition and citation rate reaching a wider professional community leading to opportunities for networking and collaboration.
  • OA Publishing also supports overall career advancement for researchers.
Freely Share
Your Research
Higher Discoverability
& Citation Impact
Rigorous & Expedited
Publishing Process
Increased Advancement & Collaboration
eEditorial Discovery
Open Access Publishing with IGI Global has many added benefits including authors’ and editors’ use of the e-Editorial Discovery® submission system, which aids in every step of the publishing process, from storing and managing submitted manuscripts to facilitating the double-blind peer review process. Additionally, our staff have decades of experience and are ready and willing to support any author or editor with work in progress with IGI Global – this includes support with applying publications to indexing and abstracting databases, promotional support, and distribution of the published work to numerous platforms and distribution channels, ultimately ensuring the highest level of impact
and reach.
Provided Promotional Materials
Metadata Distribution
Press Releases
Web Content
Ads & More
For all OA publications, authors receive the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement.
    Creative Commons
  • The copyright for the work remains solely with the author(s) of the manuscript.
  • Others may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, without asking prior permission from the publisher or author and so long as they credit the author for the original creation.
  • All authors are required to sign an author's warranty stating that the materials are original and
    unpublished elsewhere
  • IGI Global has first publication rights and as such, no books or journals will publish previously published work, regardless if the previously published work is OA.
Policies & Ethical Guidelines
For more information on Open Access best practices for IGI Global publications, please view our policies:
Scholarly Journals
IGI Global scholarly journals have three open access publication models:
gold oa lock The Gold Open Access publication model is used for journals that publish only OA content, however, do not have outside funding to cover the article processing charges (APCs) for authors of accepted work. Learn More
platinum oa lock The Platinum Open Access publication model is used for journals that publish only OA content and have received outside funding (from one or more sources) to cover the article processing charges for authors of accepted work. Learn More
hybrid oa lock The Hybrid Open Access publication model lets the author choose whether to publish their article manuscript as open access or as standard subscription-based access. If the author opts to publish the article as open access, the author or funding body pays an article processing charge (APC) if their work is accepted. Learn More

Journal Special Issues – All IGI Global journals accept special issues for consideration that may be published under any of the open access publishing models indicated above. To propose a special issue, please utilize the Journal Special Issue Proposal Form.
IGI Global carefully checks each accepted article to ensure that the authors are awarded APC waivers and discounts when applicable. Learn More
Authored/Edited Reference Books
IGI Global reference books have two publication models:
gold oa lock The Gold Open Access publication model is used for books (authored or edited book manuscripts) that are exclusively published as open access. All accepted chapters for Full OA Books will be published in an OA format. This type of book does not have an alternative standard option to choose to publish under. Learn More
hybrid oa lock The Hybrid Open Access publication model is used for edited book manuscripts that contain a blend of open and non-open access chapter content. These publications offer Chapter-Level Open Access publication, where contributing authors can choose whether to publish their chapter under OA or traditional non-OA. Learn More
Important Note: All IGI Global publications will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process and each project accepted under OA receives the same high-quality production process as our non-OA publications.
Open Access Processing Charges
IGI Global OA publications (articles, full books, or book chapters) operate with open access processing charges paid by the author or another funding source or sources (unless waived). Book Processing Charges (BPCs) would not be requested until AFTER the book proposal has been accepted and formally contracted (with the book still undergoing a full double-blind peer review process during development). Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Chapter Processing Charges (CPCs) are not requested until AFTER the article or chapter manuscript has gone through a double-blind peer review process and is accepted into its respective publication. Authors of rejected manuscripts will not be expected to pay an APC or CPC.
US $1,050
to $2,300
US $13,000
to $32,500
US $2,300+
*BPCs are determined based on the size and complexity of the book project. Contact to receive a price quote.
Open Access Processing Charges exist to offset the fees of publication that were originally covered by subscription or reading costs of IGI Global’s publications. Since these publications are no longer bought or subscribed to by outside individuals or institutions, OA processing charges are crucial to sustain the publications and the publisher’s workflow. Below are some of the many things that the OA processing charges cover for both books and journals at
IGI Global.
What Do OA Publishing Fees Cover?
Digital Tools
used to support the manuscript management
and review process
Third-Party Software
(e.g. plagiarism checks)
Formatting & Layout
Editorial Support
including manuscript tracking, communications, submission guideline checks, and more
Online Hosting
Promotional Support & Activities
metadata distribution, press releases, web content, ads, fliers, brochures, postcards, etc.
Submission of the publication's content to numerous abstracts, directories, & indexes
All published
manuscripts will be
freely accessible and able to be posted and disseminated widely
by the authors
Professional line-by-line English language copy editing & proofreading*
*This service is only performed on manuscripts with fully paid
(not discounted or waived) open access processing charges.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that utilizing the peer review process and other resources of OA Journals or Books with no intent to pay the Open Access Processing Charges if the manuscript is accepted following the double-blind peer review process is considered to be unethical and prohibitable. Additionally, simultaneous manuscript submissions will not be considered. Please note that simultaneous submission of article or chapter manuscripts include, but is not limited to:
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter to many different IGI Global publications at the same time.
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter to many different publication outlets
    across publishers
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter that has already been published elsewhere to an IGI Global publication outlet.
For more information on Open Access best practices for IGI Global publications, please View the Full OA Policy.
Discounts for Bulk Open Access Publishing

If an author chooses to publish more than one OA work at a time, they are eligible to receive discounts on their OA processing charges. See table below for pricing models or contact for questions.

Number of PapersDiscount Percentage
SingleNo Discount
Two Papers5% Discount
Three Papers10% Discount
Four Papers15% Discount
Five Papers20% Discount
Six+ PapersContact
*excludes retrospective conversions
Increase the Sharing Power for Your Work
Through Retrospective Open Access

Unlock your previously published work to Open Access (OA) and have the ability to share your work freely. Authors who previously published their work under the traditional publishing model (standard access) would have signed an Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement that transferred the copyright of their work to the publisher. When a journal article, book chapter, or full book publication is converted to open access, the copyright returns to the authors of the manuscript under the CC BY 4.0 license, allowing the copyright of the work to remain solely with the authors and opens greater sharing capabilities for authors who wish to maximize the visibility of their
published work.

Previously published journal articles, book chapters, and even full book publications can be converted to OA at a discounted rate (see pricing models below). Contact for more information or to start the process of converting to OA.

Funding Considerations and Options for Retrospective Open Access
  • Any IGI Global contributor who has earned royalties or honorariums on their projects can use the amount toward unlocking one or more of their previously published journal articles or book chapters.
  • Some OA funders provide provisions for authors to open their work retrospectively. For a list of OA funding organizations, please visit the Open Access Funding Resources page.
  • IGI Global’s Open Access (Read & Publish) Initiative (a transformative agreement) can offer retrospective OA funding opportunities to authors at institutions that have formed agreements with IGI Global. When a library acquires an IGI Global e-Book and/or e-Journal Collection, the faculty’s published work is considered for conversion to Open Access (CC BY License), at no additional cost to the library or its faculty (cost only applies to the e-Collection content being acquired). To search if an institution has an agreement, recommend an institution to form an agreement, or to simply learn more about this process, please visit the Open Access Initiative page.
Retrospective Open Access APC Rates (Journal Articles)
Copyright of Previously Published WorkJournals with
US $2,300 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $1,800 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $1,300 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $1,050 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
2022US $2,000US $1,500US $1,000US $750
2021US $1,500US $750US $500US $375
2020US $1,500US $750US $500US $375
2019US $1,500US $750US $500US $375
2018US $800US $600US $400US $300
2017US $800US $600US $400US $300
2016US $700US $525US $350US $265
2015US $700US $525US $350US $265
2014US $700US $525US $350US $265
< 2014US $700US $525US $350US $265
Book Chapters
Copyright of Previously Published WorkRetrospective Open Access CPC Rates (Book Chapters)
Note: US $2,300 is the current base price for newly published OA book chapters.
2022US $2,000
2021US $1,500
2020US $1,500
2019US $1,500
2018US $800
2017US $800
2016US $700
2015US $700
2014US $700
< 2014US $700
For full book retrospective OA pricing, please contact
Initiatives & Discounts
IGI Global's Transformative Open Access (Read & Publish) Initiative
Acquire & Open: When your library acquires an IGI Global e-Book and/or e-Journal Collection, your faculty’s published work will be considered for immediate conversion to Open Access (CC BY License), at no additional cost to the library or its faculty (cost only applies to the e-Collection content being acquired), through our popular Transformative Open Access (Read & Publish) Initiative.
These initiatives stand out from others in the industry,
as based on the agreement reached, they can:
Provide Up To
CPC Funding
Funding to
Convert or Start
a Journal to Platinum OA
Support for Funding an OA Reference Book
Under this initiative, when a library invests in IGI Global's e-Book Collection, e-Journal Collection, or a subset of these collections, IGI Global will match the library’s investment with a fund of equal value to go toward subsidizing the OA article processing charges (APCs) and OA book processing charges (BPCs) for their students, faculty, and staff at that institution when their work is submitted and accepted under OA (following peer review) into an IGI Global journal or book.
If your institution does not have open access funding already but does happen to have an electronic resources budget, this program provides a source of OA funding to institutions that invest in IGI Global’s e-book or e-journal collections.
Open Access Read & Publish Initiative
Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Corresponding authors affiliated to a low- or middle-income country may request a waiver or discount for the Article Processing Charge (APC) should they be unable to secure funding from an alternate body. A list of eligible countries appears below.
Items to Consider:
  • Only manuscripts submitted to full Gold IGI Global journals will be considered.
  • Authors submitting to Hybrid Open Access journals may choose to publish under the traditional, subscription-based model with no publication fee.
  • Authors must request a waiver or discount at the point of submission by filling out and submitting the form below. Requests filed during the review process or after manuscript acceptance will not be reviewed.
  • Requests will be reviewed in order of receipt.
  • Submittal of request form does not guarantee that a waiver or discount will be approved.
  • Submittal of request form does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.
Request Form
Eligible Countries (Applicable For Gold Open Access Journals Only)
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Additional OA Funding Resources

Find below common OA funding resources that provide additional information on country funding, OA standards, and more.

  • Refer to IGI Global's list of foundations and institutions that provide Open Access
    Funding Resources
  • Sherpa Juliet  is a searchable database of research funders' OA policies.
  • The Open Access Directory maintains a list of institutional funds for OA publishing.
  • SPARC  maintains a list of North American universities and university libraries with OA funds.
Author Services
IGI Global’s Author Services provide high quality, affordable, and expeditious content and editing services ranging from Scientific & Scholarly Editing Services to Copy Editing & Proofreading, ideal for polishing your manuscript prior to submission. Professional editing improves the quality of work, leading to minimized revision times and increased potential for acceptance by eliminating the distractions that poor quality content can cause.
10% Contributor Discount for Author Services
Open Access Collection
Access All IGI Global Open Access Research Through IGI Global Open Access Collection
IGI Global’s Open Access Collection provides all of IGI Global’s open access content in one convenient location and user-friendly interface that can be easily searched or integrated into library discovery systems.
Indexing & Abstracting
It is the ultimate goal of all of IGI Global’s publications to be heavily indexed and recognized by prominent indexing and abstracting organizations. Our scholarly journals are striving to be included in a number of prestigious indexes, such as Web of Science, Scopus®, and Ei Compendex, among others. Our reference books are striving to be included in prestigious indexes, such as Web of Science, Scopus®, ERIC, and PsycINFO®, among others. The selection criteria is very strict and to ensure that journals and books are accepted into the major indexes, IGI Global closely monitors publications against the criteria that the indexes provide to publishers.
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IGI Global’s Open Access Newsroom Resources
IGI Global understands that there is still a lot of uncertainty and questions revolving around open access (OA) publishing as it grows. Our Newsroom shares the latest industry news, case studies, events, and more regarding everything OA. For more information, please visit IGI Global’s Newsroom to browse the latest OA news and articles.
Last Updated March 3, 2022