At the beginning of the year, De Gruyter reached the milestone of 1000 open access books on degruyter.com. The books, primarily in English, but also in German and other European languages, have been published by De Gruyter and its imprints, and also by publishing partners – such as Transcript and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute of Contemporary History) – as a result of cooperation agreements.
Highlights of recent open access books that are accessible to anyone with an internet connection include:
- “Golda Meir: A Political Biography” by Miron Medzini, a former spokesman for Golda Meir
- “Superconductors at the Nanoscale: From Basic Research to Applications” edited by Roger Wördenweber (FZ Jülich, Germany), Victor Moshchalkov (University of Leuven, Belgium), Simon Bending (University of Bath, UK) and Francesco Tafuri (University of Naples, Italy)
- “Converts of Conviction: Faith and Scepticism in Nineteenth Century European Jewish Society”, edited by David B. Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania
- “The Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Some lessons from research”, a bilingual English/French title edited by Jean-Claude Beacco (University of Paris III), Hans-Jürgen Krumm (University of Vienna), David Little (Trinity College Dublin) and Philia Thalgott, of the Council of Europe, with whom the book was published.
De Gruyter stands for high-quality and relevant content, and its dissemination as far and wide as possible is a key objective for the company. Since the launch of its open access program over 16 years ago the company, and indeed the wider research community, has seen a direct, significant and positive effect brought about by open access.
“We were one of the first ‘traditional’ publishers to offer open access books, and have used our centuries of experience as a book publisher to bring open access models to researchers and the interested public. This milestone is not only a source of pride for us, but also strengthens our resolve to pursue our ambitious goal of expanding and improving our open access content,” said Dr. Anke Beck, Managing Director of De Gruyter.