Open Access Policy

Sidestone Press champions Open Science. In fact, if you do not want your book to be accessed for free, we urge you to find another publisher. We love books and believe that scientific information published in them should be available to all. Access to the latest research should not be dictated by how much money you have or where in the world you are located.

In addition to making all books available in paperback and hardback, we therefore always supply our clients with PDF e-books and actively encourage our authors to distribute these PDFs to their peers, both directly and online.

All books published with us can also be read on our website for free, immediately upon publication. In our Standard Open Access model, we make all our books available for free download from our website 4 years after publication. We also offer two additional Open Access models through which books can be made available for free download either immediately upon publication or after 1 year (additional fees apply, see our ‘costs of publishing’ page).


Library Program

In addition to free online reading, we also offer a service to (University) Libraries. For an annual fee, all Library and University users will get unlimited access to PDF downloads to all our e-books and also receive a 25% discount on printed copies. Various Universities around the world already subscribed to the Sidestone Library Program.


DOAB & OAPEN

Sidestone Press is in the process of joining DOAB (Directory of Open Access books) and OAPEN (a repository for Open Access books). All books published through the Sidestone Press Academics imprint will be included in DOAB and OAPEN. This makes them available through many University Libraries. They are also attributed DOIs and are secured for future availability (irrespective of whether Sidestone remains in existence). Please note that these services are only available for peer-reviewed publications (our Sidestone Press Academics imprint). Also, to qualify for inclusion in these platforms the book has to be published under a Creative Commons license, for example, a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.


Why we think Open Access Matters

Over a decade ago, at the start of Sidestone, one of our founders was invited to present his research at a conference in Berlin. Afterward, at the conference dinner, Karsten noted that all conference attendants from Eastern Europe were conspicuously absent. When he inquired as to their whereabouts, he was told they were all in the University library making copies of books that they did not have access to back home. In this moment one of the founding principles of Sidestone Press was formed: everyone should be able to access scientific research, and Sidetone books would never be placed behind any kind of technical, legal or financial barriers.

While change is slowly happening, the current system for sharing scientific research is still largely print-based and upheld by legacy publishers. We live in the digital age, and we argue that how we share knowledge should reflect that. Modern technologies offer us unprecedented options for sharing new research and scientific techniques, yet the way most research is published restricts access to only a small fraction of the world.

Not at Sidestone.







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