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IGI Global offers open access (OA) publishing in both scholarly journals and reference books. This publishing model allows for authors to retain the copyright of their work (under Creative Commons licensing) and have their work published and freely accessible to the research community after publication without any paywall or login restrictions.
journal icon Journal OA Publication Models
book icon Book OA Publication Models
Also, IGI Global’s Fair Use Policy allows for very liberal self-archiving (green open access) of subscription-based/non-OA published works.
Benefits of OA
With the industry shifting from the more traditional publication models to an open access (OA) publication model, publishers are finding that OA publishing has many benefits that are awarded to authors and editors of published work.
  • IGI Global is a full-service OA publisher with more than 30+ years of academic publishing experience.
  • IGI Global OA publications are extremely impactful and highly indexed in prominent indexes such as the Web of Science and Scopus®.
  • Publishers have seen about an 89% increase in the citation and download rate of published OA content which leads to an increase in indexing potential.
  • OA publishing focuses on a rigorous and expediate publishing process.
  • After publication of an OA manuscript, the research is not only freely accessible to all in the research community, but the copyright of the published material stays with the author as well (under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement).
  • Published OA manuscripts have a higher discoverability, recognition and citation rate reaching a wider professional community leading to opportunities for networking and collaboration.
  • OA Publishing also supports overall career advancement for researchers.
Freely Share
Your Research
Higher Discoverability
& Citation Impact
Rigorous & Expedited
Publishing Process
Increased Advancement & Collaboration
eEditorial Discovery
Open Access Publishing with IGI Global has many added benefits including authors’ and editors’ use of the e-Editorial Discovery® submission system, which aids in every step of the publishing process, from storing and managing submitted manuscripts to facilitating the double-blind peer review process. Additionally, our staff have decades of experience and are ready and willing to support any author or editor with work in progress with IGI Global – this includes support with applying publications to indexing and abstracting databases, promotional support, and distribution of the published work to numerous platforms and distribution channels, ultimately ensuring the highest level of impact
and reach.
Provided Promotional Materials
Metadata Distribution
Press Releases
Web Content
Ads & More
For all OA publications, authors receive the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement.
Creative Commons
  • The copyright for the work remains solely with the author(s) of the manuscript.
  • Others may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, without asking prior permission from the publisher or author and so long as they credit the author for the original creation.
  • All authors are required to sign an author's warranty stating that the materials are original and
    unpublished elsewhere
  • IGI Global has first publication rights and as such, no books or journals will publish previously published work, regardless if the previously published work is OA.
Policies & Ethical Guidelines
For more information on Open Access best practices for IGI Global publications, please view our policies:
IGI Global's Open Access Advisory Board
  • Aaron Brower, University of Wisconsin, United States
  • Acheampong Owusu, University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
  • Arnab Kundu, Bankura University, India
  • Boqiang Lin, Xiamen University, China
  • Daniel Alemneh, University of North Texas, United States
  • Dayananda Pruthviraja, JSS Academy of Technical Education, India
  • Debarun Chakraborty, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Nagpur, India
  • Efosa Idemudia, Arkansas Tech University, United States
  • Fahri Özsungur, Mersin University, Turkey
  • Giovanni Vincenti, University of Baltimore, United States
  • Karen Howells, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Leven Zheng, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong
  • Lincoln Wood, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Maiendra Moodley, Maiendra Moodley and Associates, South Africa
  • Pooya Taheri Gharagozloo, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Pratap Mandal, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, India
  • Saibal Saha, Christ University, India
  • Sovik Mukherjee, St. Xavier's University, India
  • Xiaochun Cheng, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Zhonggen Yu, Beijing Language and Culture University, China
Scholarly Journals
IGI Global scholarly journals have two open access publication models:
gold oa lock The Gold Open Access publication model is used for journals that publish only OA content, however, do not have outside funding to cover the article processing charges (APCs) for authors of accepted work. Learn More
platinum oa lock The Platinum Open Access publication model is used for journals that publish only OA content and have received outside funding (from one or more sources) to cover the article processing charges for authors of accepted work. Learn More
Journal Special Issues – All IGI Global journals accept special issues for consideration that may be published under any of the open access publishing models indicated above. To propose a special issue, please utilize the Journal Special Issue Proposal Form.
IGI Global carefully checks each accepted article to ensure that the authors are awarded APC waivers and discounts when applicable. Learn More
Authored/Edited Reference Books
IGI Global reference books have three publication models:
gold oa lock The Platinum & Gold Open Access publication models are used for books (authored or edited book manuscripts) that are exclusively published as open access. All accepted chapters for Full OA Books (Platinum & Gold) will be published in an OA format. These types of books do not have an alternative standard option to choose to publish under. Learn More
hybrid oa lock The Hybrid Open Access publication model is used for edited book manuscripts that contain a blend of open and non-open access chapter content. These publications offer Chapter-Level Open Access publication, where contributing authors can choose whether to publish their chapter under OA or traditional non-OA. Learn More
Important Note: All IGI Global publications will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process and each project accepted under OA receives the same high-quality production process as our non-OA publications.
Open Access Processing Charges
IGI Global OA publications (articles, full books, or book chapters) operate with open access processing charges paid by the author or another funding source or sources (unless waived). Book Processing Charges (BPCs) would not be requested until AFTER the book proposal has been accepted and formally contracted (with the book still undergoing a full double-blind peer review process during development). Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Chapter Processing Charges (CPCs) are not requested until AFTER the article or chapter manuscript has gone through a double-blind peer review process and is accepted into its respective publication. Authors of rejected manuscripts will not be expected to pay an APC or CPC.
US $1,300
to $3,300
US $13,000
to $32,500
US $2,550+
*BPCs are determined based on the size and complexity of the book project. Contact to receive a price quote.
IGI Global, in Partnership with China Educational Publications
Import & Export Corporation Ltd., Proudly Offers SOCOpay!
Our Chinese authors can use SOCOpay as an alternative method of payment for their APC. A convenient and easy to use payment system, SOCOpay allows authors in China to make secure payments online in RMB, avoiding the need to pay in foreign currency!
  • Quickly and securely pay online upon acceptance of your article.
  • Pay your APC in RMB and avoid exchange rates and fees.
  • Pay with WeChat, Alipay, UnionPay or bank transfer (mobile banking supported, B2B transfer supported).
  • Receive a VAT invoice for the full amount you paid.
Open Access Processing Charges exist to offset the fees of publication that were originally covered by subscription or reading costs of IGI Global’s publications. Since these publications are no longer bought or subscribed to by outside individuals or institutions, OA processing charges are crucial to sustain the publications and the publisher’s workflow. IGI Global's OA processing charges are under regular review and are subject to change. OA processing charges are set based on factors such as citation impact (journals), the publication's technical and editorial processes, competitive considerations, market conditions, as well as factoring in any other revenue streams that are currently associated with the publication. Below are some of the many things that the OA processing charges cover for both books and journals at IGI Global.
What Do OA Processing Charges Cover?
The fees authors pay for OA publishing support the extensive work that goes into the rigorous processes and protocols that ensure that the published research is both reliable and fully accessible.
High Visibility & Discoverability OA content is freely available online upon publication with no embargo periods.
OA Licensing OA content is published under Creative Commons licensing (specifically, CC BY 4.0) giving freedom to the authors and researchers worldwide to post and disseminate the content widely.
OA Compliance IGI Global supports authors in meeting funder's OA policy requirements and OA mandates.
Online Hosting & Content Distribution Content is distributed and hosted on websites, database platforms, and numerous discovery outlets worldwide.
Archiving All of IGI Global's content is archived via the CLOCKSS and LOCKSS initiative.
Content Indexing & Abstracting Content is submitted for consideration to prominent abstracts, directories, and indices.
Digital Tools, Systems, & Third-Party Software Numerous technology innovations are used to support the manuscript management, peer review, and production processes.
Editorial Support & Services Rigorous editorial processes are executed such as manuscript tracking, communications, editing, quality assurance checks, etc.
Formatting, Layout, & Typesetting In-house production of the work including the distribution of proofs to authors.
Promotional Support & Activities Includes metadata distribution, press releases, web content, ads, fliers, brochures, postcards, etc.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that simultaneous manuscript submissions will not be considered. The simultaneous submission of article or chapter manuscripts includes, but is not limited to:
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter to many different IGI Global publications at the same time.
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter to many different publication outlets
    across publishers
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter that has already been published elsewhere to an IGI Global publication outlet.
For more information on Open Access best practices for IGI Global publications, please View the Full OA Policy.
Retrospective OA
Increase the Sharing Power for Your Work
Through Retrospective Open Access

Unlock your previously published work to Open Access (OA) and have the ability to share your work freely. Authors who previously published their work under the traditional publishing model (standard access) would have signed an Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement that transferred the copyright of their work to the publisher. When a journal article, book chapter, or full book publication is converted to open access, the copyright returns to the authors of the manuscript under the CC BY 4.0 license, allowing the copyright of the work to remain solely with the authors and opens greater sharing capabilities for authors who wish to maximize the visibility of their
published work.

Previously published journal articles, book chapters, and even full book publications can be converted to OA at a discounted rate. Contact for more information or to start the process of converting to OA.

Funding Considerations and Options for Retrospective Open Access
  • Any IGI Global contributor who has earned royalties or honorariums on their projects can use the amount toward unlocking one or more of their previously published journal articles or book chapters.
  • Some OA funders provide provisions for authors to open their work retrospectively. For a list of OA funding organizations, please visit the Open Access Funding Resources page.
  • IGI Global’s Open Access (Read & Publish) Initiative (a transformative agreement) can offer retrospective OA funding opportunities to authors at institutions that have formed agreements with IGI Global. When a library acquires an IGI Global e-Book and/or e-Journal Collection, the faculty’s published work is considered for conversion to Open Access (CC BY License), at no additional cost to the library or its faculty (cost only applies to the e-Collection content being acquired). To search if an institution has an agreement, recommend an institution to form an agreement, or to simply learn more about this process, please visit the Open Access Initiative page.
Retrospective Open Access APC Rates (Journal Articles)
Copyright of Previously Published WorkJournals with
US $3,300 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $2,550 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $2,050 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $1,550 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
Journals with
US $1,300 APC
(Base Price for Newly Published)
2023US $2,800US $2,300US $1,800US $1,300US $1,050
2022US $2,500US $2,000US $1,500US $1,000US $750
2021US $2,000US $1,500US $750US $500US $375
2020US $2,000US $1,500US $750US $500US $375
2019US $2,000US $1,500US $750US $500US $375
2018US $1,000US $800US $600US $400US $300
2017US $1,000US $800US $600US $400US $300
2016US $800US $700US $525US $350US $265
2015US $800US $700US $525US $350US $265
2014US $800US $700US $525US $350US $265
2014US $800US $700US $525US $350US $265
Book Chapters
Copyright of Previously Published WorkRetrospective Open Access CPC Rates (Book Chapters)
Note: US $2,550 is the current base price for newly published OA book chapters.
2023US $2,300
2022US $2,000
2021US $1,500
2020US $1,500
2019US $1,500
2018US $800
2017US $800
2016US $700
2015US $700
2014US $700
> 2014US $700
For full book retrospective OA pricing, please contact
Agreements & Discounts
The Open Access (OA) Movement has been an ongoing uncertainty for libraries and researchers. IGI Global is committed to eliminating these doubts by providing flexible options for institutions and libraries to participate in OA publishing. Learn More >
IGI Global’s Options Include:
IGI Global Options
Researchers: Interested in publishing support under Open Access? Be sure to recommend your Scholarly Communication Librarian or library discuss these options with IGI Global.
Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Corresponding authors affiliated to a low- or middle-income country may request a waiver or discount for the Article Processing Charge (APC) should they be unable to secure funding from an alternate body. A list of eligible countries appears below.
Items to Consider:
  • Only manuscripts submitted to full Gold IGI Global journals will be considered.
  • Authors must request a waiver or discount at the point of submission by filling out and submitting the form below. Requests filed during the review process or after manuscript acceptance will not be reviewed.
  • Requests will be reviewed in order of receipt.
  • Submittal of request form does not guarantee that a waiver or discount will be approved.
  • Submittal of request form does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.
Request Form
Eligible Countries (Applicable For Gold Open Access Journals Only)
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Editor and Contributor Discounts and Waivers
  • Journal Editor-in-Chief APC Waivers: Any Editor-in-Chief of an IGI Global journal receives two APC waivers, per editor, per journal, per year, to publish under open access in IGI Global journals. Editors may use each of these waivers on their own work or distribute it to another author.
  • Retrospective OA: Any IGI article or chapter contributor can receive a 20% APC/CPC discount on converting their previously published works to OA via IGI Global's Retrospective OA Program.
  • Submission Date Waivers: Contributors who submitted their article to any recently converted OA journal (2023 conversion) prior to September 1st, 2022, are eligible for an APC waiver.
  • Journal Invited Papers: Editor(s)-in-Chief may wish to invite specialized papers (invited papers) by prominent authors in the field to contribute to their journal. On a limited basis, these authors are eligible for an APC waiver. The Editor-in-Chief must fill out an Invited Paper Appeal Form for consideration of each case.
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Corresponding authors affiliated to a low- or middle-income country may request a waiver or discount for the Article Processing Charge (APC) should they be unable to secure funding from an alternate body.
*Disclaimer: Any discounts off of APCs or CPCs must be applied at time of purchase and cannot be retroactively applied for manuscripts that have already been paid for. Discounts are not automatically applied and must be mentioned to our customer service department prior to payment.

Did you know that you can take a crowdfunding approach to OA publishing and have multiple funding bodies supporting your publication? No matter where the funding is secured from, the full amount does not have to come from just one source. If an editor is looking to publish a full open access book for instance, a portion of the funding may come from their institution’s library while the other portion is secured from a government funding agency. This concept can be applied to full books, full journals, journal special issues, journal articles, and book chapters. Multiple funders can support new works and/or the retrospective opening of publication projects so that work previously published under standard access can be converted to open access.
There are a number of crowdfunding platforms that authors and editors can use to generate funding for their publication projects – examples include: Kickstarter and, which are specifically designed to engage readers and provide funding to support publications.

Additional OA Funding Resources

Find below common OA funding resources that provide additional information on country funding, OA standards, and more.

  • Refer to IGI Global's list of foundations and institutions that provide Open Access
    Funding Resources
  • Sherpa Juliet is a searchable database of research funders' OA policies.
  • The Open Access Directory maintains a list of institutional funds for OA publishing.
  • SPARC maintains a list of North American universities and university libraries with OA funds.
Open Access Collection
Access All IGI Global Open Access Research Through IGI Global Open Access Collection
IGI Global’s Open Access Collection provides all of IGI Global’s open access content in one convenient location and user-friendly interface that can be easily searched or integrated into library discovery systems.
Indexing & Abstracting
It is the ultimate goal of all of IGI Global’s publications to be heavily indexed and recognized by prominent indexing and abstracting organizations. Our scholarly journals are striving to be included in a number of prestigious indexes, such as Web of Science, Scopus®, and Ei Compendex, among others. Our reference books are striving to be included in prestigious indexes, such as Web of Science, Scopus®, ERIC, and PsycINFO®, among others. The selection criteria is very strict and to ensure that journals and books are accepted into the major indexes, IGI Global closely monitors publications against the criteria that the indexes provide to publishers .
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IGI Global's Open Access Collaborations
OA Switchboard
OA Switchboard The OA Switchboard initiative is a not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions, and publishers to provide essential infrastructure to facilitate the fulfilment of open access strategies across business models, policies and agreements. The OA Switchboard is the independent intermediary, connecting parties and systems, streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of open access related publication-level information, and ensuring a financial settlement. IGI Global is thrilled to be entering into this new collaboration to support greater OA content and data distribution.
Research Organization Registry (RoR)
ROR To support greater OA content and data distribution for IGI Global’s growing portfolio of OA publications, IGI Global recently started working with the Research Organization Registry (ROR), a community-led registry of open, sustainable, usable, and unique identifiers for every research organization in the world. The intent of ROR is for use by the research community to increase the use of organization identifiers within that community while establishing connections between organization records in various systems.
Research Gate Logo ResearchGate is the professional network for researchers. Over 20 million researchers use to share and discover research, build their networks, and advance their careers. Based in Berlin, ResearchGate was founded in 2008. Its mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all. IGI Global has signed an agreement with ResearchGate to establish a partnership for content syndication. This will see the addition of all of IGI Global’s Open Access (OA) content to ResearchGate’s platform of millions of researchers worldwide.
OAPEN Logo The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands, with its registered office at the National Library in The Hague. OAPEN is dedicated to open access, peer-reviewed books. OAPEN promotes and supports the transition to open access for academic books by providing open infrastructure services to stakeholders in scholarly communication
IGI Global’s Open Access Newsroom Resources
IGI Global understands that there is still a lot of uncertainty and questions revolving around open access (OA) publishing as it grows. Our Newsroom shares the latest industry news, case studies, events, and more regarding everything OA. For more information, please visit IGI Global’s Newsroom to browse the latest OA news and articles.

All of IGI Global's content is archived via the CLOCKSS and LOCKSS initiative.

FAQ: Common Misconceptions About Open Access Publishing
Q: Is Open Access Publishing Questionable or Unethical?
A: Open Access Publishing is neither questionable nor unethical. A credible open access publisher can be found following the following guidelines:
  • The publisher partners with well-known ethical organizations (i.e., Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), etc.).
  • The publication has a legitimate ISSN or ISBN.
  • The publication is indexed in established and credible indices, directories, and abstracting lists which can include Web of Science, Scopus, Inspec, etc.
  • The publisher has transparent policies and a robust peer review process.
  • All publishing fees are clearly stated with absolutely NO correlation between the OA processing charge being paid by the author and the results of review process outcomes.
Q: Is Open Access Publishing “Pay-to-Play”?
A: No, Open Access Publishing is not “Pay-to-Play”. Just because an open access publication carries an open access processing charge ((Article Processing Charge (APC), Chapter Processing Charge (CPC), or Book Processing Charge (BPC)), it should not be presumed that that publication/publisher is predatory. The point at which an open access processing charge is requested is one of the main differentiating factors between a credible publishing model and a “pay-to-play” predatory publishing model. Credible open access publications will ask for the open access processing charge only AFTER a manuscript has undergone a formal peer review process and been accepted at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief of the journal or Editor of the book. If the manuscript is rejected there will be no open access processing charge requested. Moreover, the open access processing charge is paid to the publisher, not the Editor(s)-in-Chief or reviewers of the journal. There is absolutely NO correlation between the processing charge being paid by the author and the results of review process outcomes. OA processing charges are in place to cover the costs associated with publishing. Q: How Do Traditional and Open Access Publishing Differ?
A: Open Access Publishing differs from Traditional Publishing by:
  • Publishing the work under the Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0) Licensing instead of a stricter copyright.
  • Published OA work can be freely shared without restriction unlike that under copyright with traditional publishing.
  • OA content does typically require the payment of an OA processing charge that generally replaces the revenue that had been previously generated through subscriptions and covers the costs associated with publishing (online hosting, archiving, editorial support services, and more).
Last Updated January 30, 2023