Open Access Information

Open Access

transcript is part of a number of high-profile open access networks such as the OAPEN Foundation and Knowledge Unlatched and is strongly committed to the promotion and distribution of openly accessible academic content.

OAI Interface

To promote active cooperation between all players in science and research, transcript shares its catalog information under a CC0 license – for, e.g., the seamless integration of our Open Access publications into your archive. transcript is listed as a data provider at the Open Archive Initiative.


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OAPEN Foundation

We have joined the OAPEN Foundation ( with the aim of ensuring the best possible dissemination not only for chargeable products but also for free academic content. The foundation operates the OAPEN Library and provides quality assurance of collated publications from the humanities and social sciences. Researchers worldwide appreciate the excellent findability in OAPEN Library and value its affiliated Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB, www.doabooks.or) as a guarantor of reliable free content. Additionally, OAPEN promotes the dissemination of OA contents and makes them globally available at certain institutions and in many libraries. The indexation of our Open Access e-books in DOAB, a discovery service exclusively for open access publications, maximizes the visibility of our OA list.

As a ‘compliant book publisher’ recognized by OAPEN, we fulfil the Open Access funding requirements of the Austrian research fund FWF, the Wellcome Trust, and the European Research Council. Furthermore, our Open Access publication programme complies with the requirements of other funding institutions such as the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). We will gladly support you in your funding applications to these institutions.

Knowledge Unlatched

As one of the first publishing houses in the German-speaking region, transcript has become part of the innovative open access model set up by the non-profit organization Knowledge Unlatched (KU). Knowledge Unlatched is not only a global initiative that supports Open Access in the humanities but also an innovator of a progressive purchasing system for monographs.

KU connects publishers, libraries, and readers worldwide in a crowdfunding model for high-quality academic works in the humanities. Since 2012, each year academic publishers have been invited to submit English-language scholarly literature to peer review by an international expert panel. The titles chosen by this panel are presented to those libraries all over the world that crowdfund the free provision of these titles – and thus unlatch the knowledge contained therein.

As a result, the chosen publications reach new readerships worldwide. Inclusion in the KU collection and in so-called discovery tools and databases such as the world’s largest bibliographic database WorldCat as well as renowned platforms such as OAPEN Library guarantees the best possible visibility and discoverability. Archiving through the likes of the HathiTrust ensures permanent availability.

Check for further information on Knowledge Unlatched. You can also find past user assessment and statistics of KU books.

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