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Published March 17, 2023 | Version 2
Technical note Open

Quality Standards for Open Access Books

  • 1. TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, ZB MED
  • 2. State and University Library Göttingen
  • 3. Hamburg State and University Library
  • 4. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Universitätsbibliothek
  • 5. Technische Universität Berlin, Universitätsbibliothek
  • 6. KIT-Bibliothek
  • 7. Universitätsbibliothek Potsdam


After publishing quality standards for open access monographs and edited volumes in 2017, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Universitätsverlage (AG Universitätsverlage, in English: Working group of German-speaking University Presses) is now presenting a thorough revision that refers to book publications in immediate open access (Gold OA, Diamond OA). The standards are aimed at all publishers and publishing services that provide publishing services for open access books. The new version differentiates necessary and recommended aspects, addresses practices in publishing that have changed since 2017, and formulates more precisely. It is based on productive discussions in the working group and thorough editing by Ursula Arning, Margo Bargheer, Isabella Meinecke, Markus Putnings, Dagmar Schobert, Regine Tobias, and Marco Winkler for the AG Universitätsverlage.

This is a translation of the September 17, 2022 German version 2, in Zenodo at 10.5281/zenodo.7075761. It updates the translation of the earlier version 1, in Zenodo at 10.5281/zenodo.4622135.



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