About Open Access

"Open access contributes to scientific excellence and integrity. It opens up research results to wider analysis. It allows research results to be reused for new discoveries. And it enables the multi-disciplinary research that is needed to solve global 21st century problems. Open access connects science with society. It allows the public to engage with research. To go behind the headlines. And look at the scientific evidence. And it enables policy makers to draw on innovative solutions to societal challenges."

Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation at the STM Annual Frankfurt Conference, October 2016.

Open Access background

Open Access publishing movement started in the early 2000s when the academic leaders from around the world participated in the formation of the Budapest Initiative. They developed recommendations for Open Access publishing process “which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.” (reference: http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org)

IntechOpen’s co-founders, both scientists, created the company while doing research in robotics at the Vienna University. Their goals to spread the research freely “for scientists, by scientists’ to the rest of the world aligned with the Open Access movement and the company soon became a signatory of the Budapest Initiative, which currently has more than 1000 supporting organizations worldwide, ranging from universities to funders.

At IntechOpen, we are excited to be working with organizations and people who care about scientific discovery, put the academic needs of scientific community first, and provide an Open Access environment where scientists can maximize their contribution to humanity. By opening access to the world’s scientific research articles and book chapters, we hope to inspire greater opportunity for collaboration, scientific discovery and progress. We gladly follow the Open Access definition:

“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.” (reference: http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org)

IntechOpen follows Open Access standards


As a firm believer in the wider dissemination of knowledge, InTechOpen supports the OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol (OAI-PMH Version 2.0). Read more


Book chapters published in edited volumes are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC BY 3.0). IN TECH upholds a very flexible copyright policy meaning that there is no copyright transfer to the publisher, and authors retain exclusive copyright to their work. All Monographs/Compacts are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Read more 

Peer review policies

All scientific works are subject to peer review prior to publishing. Read more 

OA Publishing fees

The Open Access publishing model employed by IntechOpen eliminates subscription charges and pay-per-view fees enabling readers to access research at no cost. In order to sustain operations and keep our publications freely accessible we levy an Open Access Publishing fee for accepted manuscripts, which helps us cover the costs of editorial workflow and production of books. Read more 

Digital archiving policy

IntechOpen is dedicated to ensuring long-term preservation and availability of scholarly research it publishes, which we accomplish through a variety of means available to us. Apart from preservation by the Croatian National Library (publications prior to April 18, 2018) and British Library (publications after April 18, 2018), arrangements are being made to preserve our entire catalogue in the CLOCKSS archive. 

Dissemination and promotion

With the aim to disseminate and reach scientific communities and stakeholders on a global level, we have harnessed online technologies, established online and offline distribution channels and organised ongoing marketing activities supporting our publishing team as well as authors, academic editors, and all external collaborators working with us.