The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter Sign Agreement for Open Access Publishing

The Max Planck Society (MPG) and the academic publisher De Gruyter concluded a trend-setting framework agreement on the publication of Open Access books. The contract relates to being published works created under the auspices of the currently 80 Max Planck Institutes, and that should be free for every user on the Internet. It covers all the disciplines in which the MPS is active, that is, both the natural sciences and the humanities and social sciences and includes monographs and anthologies.

“This agreement with De Gruyter, we offer our scientists a coordinated legal and organizational framework for the publication of books in open access,” explains Dr.Ralf Schimmer , Director of Scientific Information Provision in the Max Planck Digital Library. “We are responding to increasing requests from the Max Planck Institutes and extend support of open access publication of our scientists of magazines now on the books division.”

De Gruyter has for its Open Access partners an attractive offer that realizes the maximum dissemination of content. In addition to the world free access to these via De Gruyter Online ( are only shown as printed versions.

“The agreement with the Max Planck Society supported that De Gruyter provides unique Open Access model, an advanced form of scientific publishing,” Dr. says Anke Beck , vice president of publishing at De Gruyter. “And we can enrich with the publications of the renowned institutes of society our program in all subject areas to höchstklassige content.”

In recent years, De Gruyter with various research projects, among others, with the Center of Excellence The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations (Topoi) of the Berlin Antique College and the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging at (MEA) Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, already successfully published books Open Access.