Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access allows readers to download ebooks free of charge. The goal of Open Access is to remove the price barrier to content.

Open Access is available to both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed works. Studies have shown that Open Access promotes use in research, academic study, and citation. Open Access material is more likely to be read and utilized than paid material.

Open Access Material brings with it many important considerations:

Ethics - there is an argument that research funded by the public should be available to the public. Similarly, written material stemming from this research should likewise be available to the public. Open Access provides an avenue for academic authors to make their research material available to a broader audience, while retaining their copyright protection.

Research Impact - Thanks to the power of the Internet, research material can easily be searched and retrieved. Making an Open Access ebook allows this material to be entered in online repositories for Open Access. Your ebook will be seen and more likely to be utilized if it is available for these searches—leading to more impact on the academic community!

Cost & Just Reward - Open Access provides access to scholarly material while retaining your copyright to the ebook you created. This ensures that the material can be utilized by the widest range of interested parties while minimizing your cost. This model also cuts the exploitative publishers from the equation, preventing them from profiting off your hard work!

The primary reason authors make their books and articles openly accessible is to maximize the availability, also known as Research Impact. The impact of an academic work is generally measured by the number of times it is cited. When your work is available through Open Access, it becomes that much easier for students and researchers to locate and cite your findings.

Copyright - Open Access uses Creative Commons to license and protect your work. The CC license provides flexibility, allowing the work to be shared, used, and built upon. It also protects the people who use or redistribute your work. Creative Commons does provide specific conditions defining how the author and users can distribute the work.

For more information and detail about Open Access,  please see this list from the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications.


Open Access and Glasstree

Glasstree fully supports Open Access publishing for ebooks. When a user opts to make their ebook available through Open Access, they can still choose any Copyright they want. The author will pay a fee to make the ebook Open Access, known as a Hosting fee. This fee makes the book available for a wide range of users, primarily benefiting researchers and students. An Open Access book can easily be searched and reviewed for citations, leading to a greater impact for your work on the academic community!

Glasstree currently uses these channels to Index for Open Access discoverability:

  • Web of Science
  • Trend MD
  • OpenAIRE

Glasstree charges moderate publishing and hosting fees well below industry standards to provide Open Access for your ebook. To review the pricing structure for all Glasstree products, please see our Publishing Costs


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Gold Open Access

When you select Open Access for your Glasstree ebook, you receive true unrestricted Gold Open Access status. Gold Open Access means your final version will be immediately available on the Glasstree Bookstore with no embargo period, and the ebook is available for archiving with Open Access repositories and educational institutions. Your work will be readily available for academics and the public to read, cite, and reference. Below is a chart that outlines the difference between Gold Open Access compared to other levels of access:

The following chart provides an indication of the OA Hierarchy:


True unrestricted OA is Gold, which permits free universal access to the final published versions of articles immediately upon publication for academics and the public alike, such that:

    The publication is made OA via the publisher’s website.

    An Article Processing Charge is (usually) made.

    The version made available is the final publisher’s version (version of record).

    The publication is available immediately, with no embargo periods. 





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