Max Planck Society and De Gruyter work together on OA books

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The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter will cooperate to publish open-access (OA) books. The agreement covers texts intended by scholars at the more than 80 individual Max Planck institutes working around the world today in all the disciplines in which the Max Planck Society is active. These include the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and applies to both monographs and anthologies.

'Our collaboration with De Gruyter will enable us to offer our scholars a unified platform – both from a legal and an organisational perspective – for publishing books in open access,' explained Ralf Schimmer, director of the Department of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library. 'We’re responding to an increasing number of requests from the Max Planck institutes, and are extending the support we give for open-access publishing from journal articles to the arena of books.'

Books will be available free online and print versions will also be released.

De Gruyter has already published a number of OA books in collaboration with a variety of ongoing research projects, including with the Berlin College of Antiquities’ Cluster of Excellence project The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations (TOPOI) and with the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.