How Open Access Publishing Works

Open Access Books with IntechOpen: How it Works, from Submission to Publication

At a glance: The IntechOpen OA Book publishing process from submission to publication

Are you interested in joining us in the Open Access Revolution? We invite you to contribute to an edited volume, or alternatively, browse through our extensive online catalogue that is open for submissions. We encourage our authors to find the best home for their work, whether this is via a direct invitation from us, or by proposing their own edited volume. Below we give a brief overview of how IntechOpen’s Open Access book programme operates.

Author Guidelines
Template Guidelines

  1. Submit an Abstract: using our online manuscript tracking system it couldn’t be easier. Simply submit your invited/proposed abstract, a brief written proposal, which should contain keywords to illustrate the subject area and scope. The abstract should present an overview of what your chapter will focus on. The editor appointed by IntechOpen checks every abstract to evaluate their suitability for inclusion in the edited volume in terms of the overall scope and vision. If it meets approval, it is time to submit your fully drafted chapter.
  2. Submit your fully drafted chapter for peer review: your manuscript will be reviewed and you will receive full reviewer reports which may include suggestions for further revisions.
  3. Following peer review, the chapter will either be accepted or rejected.
  4. Production: Unlike other publishers we provide full XML Typesetting, English language copyediting & proofreading and ITO services at no extra charge.
  5. Easy online OAPF (Open Access Publication Fee) payment: Once a chapter has been accepted for publication you, your funder, or funding institution are asked to pay the OAPF in order to cover production costs.
  6. Assignment of the CC BY license: Following payment of the Open Access Publication Fee and production, the book is assigned a CC BY license. This is the most common type of Creative Commons (CC) license, however, others are available upon request. You can find more information about CC licenses here.
  7. Online First: Online First means that accepted chapters are published online and made searchable and citable via DOI’s meaning there are no delays in getting your science out to the world. You can find out more about Online First here.
  8. YOUR OPEN ACCESS BOOK IS NOW PUBLISHED ONLINE: The full and final version of the book is published to be read, downloaded and cited by the community.
  • Abstracting and indexing (BKCI and other databases)
  • Dissemination via online platforms (Perlego, MSW…)
  • Print distribution worldwide (BOD, Amazon…)
  • Reporting metrics (downloads, citations, COUNTER…)

Did you know that we also publish many different format types? IntechOpen accepts complete monographs, edited volumes/collections, proceedings, and IntechOpen Compacts. If you would like more information please contact us at

Unsure of where to find funding for your Open Access Book? IntechOpen offers a free open access support service click the link to find out more. You can view our Waiver Policy here.

Print Copies and E-Book formats available. Print copies and E-Book format of all IntechOpen content is available on demand for anyone who wishes to purchase the book in hard copy form. Please don’t forget you can also recommend titles to your library.

Translations. IntechOpen collaborates with Enago, through its sister brand, Ulatus, one of the world’s leading providers of book translation services. Their services are designed to convey the essence of your work to readers from across the globe in the language they understand. IntechOpen Authors that wish to use this service before submission will receive a 20% discount on all translation services. To find out more information or obtain a quote, please visit