Open Access Policy

Leiden University Press is a supporter of Open Access publishing. As a university press, we are part of the academic environment, and we see Open Access as an opportunity to enhance the dissemination of academic research. LUP complies with the open access requirements of OA funders, such as the European Research Council, the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Wellcome, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Authors retain copyright and can fulfil the open access requirements of funders. The publication process of OA titles is identical to that of non-open access books. Each open access scholarly book receives the same editorial and publishing expertise, rigorous peer review and high-quality production process as non-open access books. Proposals receive the same rigorous peer review as non-open access books. OA titles will be available in print through LUP’s distribution partners.

More than 150 of our titles are in Open Access and freely accessible from:

  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
  • OAPEN Library
  • Open Research Library (ORL) / Knowledge Unlatched (KU)
  • Muse Open
  • Leiden Repository 

We are excited to announce our participation in Path to Open, a program to support the open access publication of new groundbreaking scholarly books that will bring diverse perspectives and research to millions of people. Launching as a pilot, Path to Open libraries will contribute funds to enabling participating presses – including Leiden University Press – to publish new books on JSTOR that will transition from licensed to open access within three years of publication.

Immediate Open Access

In principle, the fee for making a monograph or an edited volume directly available in Open Access is € 6950. The standard license is CC BY-NC-ND.

Self Archiving Policy

LUP also supports green Open Access. This version of Open Access enables authors to share or archive the author’s version of their publication in a repository. The author’s version is the manuscript after peer-review revisions and accepted for publication (compared to the printed version or the final proof).

You can find more information about Open Access publishing on the OAPEN website. The website offers a free-to-access resource that aims to help academic book authors to understand open access book publishing better:

Please contact Saskia Gieling, managing publisher,, if you have any questions about OA-publishing at LUP.

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