De Gruyter launches new imprint for open access

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De Gruyter is consolidating all its open-access (OA) publications under a new imprint: De Gruyter Open. The publisher Versita, which was acquired by De Gruyter in 2012, will be fully subsumed under the new imprint.

‘Open access has established itself as a key avenue for publication in all academic disciplines,’ said Sven Fund, managing director of De Gruyter. ‘The De Gruyter Open portfolio now contains more than 100 books and more than 350 journals.’ Last year the De Gruyter Group is said to have published more than 15,000 OA journal articles.

According to De Gruyter, OA publication under the De Gruyter Open imprint is subject to the same peer-review process as traditional journals and books. Publication is generally under the Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-ND, although authors and partnering institutions can select licensing forms that are less restrictive.

In 2014 De Gruyter Open will be expanded beyond Europe to the USA and Asia, says the publisher.