Open Access Journals

We warmly welcome Open Access contributions in our peer-reviewed journals and have a range of different options available to ensure we can always find the right solution for you.

If you need to make your journal article available as Open Access, please contact either the journal editor or the relevant Publishing Manager at Brepols with your article proposal. Please rest assured that a request for Open Access will have no impact on the selection process for your article.

In all cases (with the exception of Delayed Free Access), the copyright for your article will remain with you as the author. We publish your article under an open Creative Commons license, providing you with the maximum flexibility to share your research freely online.

Fully Open Access Journals

We offer several journals that are fully Open Access; in these cases, there is no charge for either the author or for reader access. You can find out more about these journals here:

Funded Open Access Journals (‘Diamond’ Open Access)

With this model, a journal is usually fully funded by one or more learned societies or institutes. The journal is therefore free both for authors to publish and for readers wishing to access the texts. You can publish Open Access in the following Brepols’ journals without a fee:

Subscribe-to-Open Journals (S2O)

We have recently launched our first journal via the ‘Subscribe-to-Open’ model. Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) is a Coalition-S endorsed solution for sustainable and equitable Open-Access publishing that provides an alternative to the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs), the mechanism used by most Open Access journals. It builds on existing library relationships and subscriptions in order to convert gated journals into Open Access. Institutions simply subscribe or renew their subscriptions — there are no additional processes — and, as long as subscription revenues are sustainable, the year’s issues are published Open Access. At present, we offer the following journal as S2O:

  • Centaurus. Journal of the European Society for the History of Science

Institutes or libraries who are willing to take out a subscription and support this journal becoming and remaining Open Access, as well as enjoy exclusive benefits, are invited to contact or check here for further information.

Delayed Free Access Journals

These are journals that become free to read with a moving wall, meaning that new content is not immediately free to access, but will become so on our platform after an embargo period.

Hybrid Open Access Journals

All subscription journals published by Brepols welcome Open Access contributions. If you would like to make your article free to share from day one of publication, we ask for payment of a fee (commonly called an ‘Article Processing Charge’ or ‘APC’). This fee covers the cost of our publishing services, which are the same as for any traditional article. You can find out more about our fees for each journal here, and read more about the services we offer below.

If you do not have access to funding but would still like (or are obliged) to make your article available as Open Access, we invite you to consider our fully Open Access journals or to read more about our cost-free ‘Green’ Open Access self-archiving policy. For any general questions about Open Access, please contact

Double dipping

The number of open access articles in each journal is regularly monitored, and this will impact the price of future online subscriptions. In order to avoid ‘double dipping’ — that is, charging for content twice — when the open access content of a journal increases, the future online subscription prices are reduced proportionally.


As the author, you will retain full copyright on your Open Access article, which we will publish under a Creative Commons license. We recommend either the CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND license. Please discuss with your Publishing Manager if you or your funding body require an alternative license.


At Brepols we pride ourselves on combining the craftmanship of traditional book publishing with opening up new frontiers in Open Access Publishing. We provide the same services for every publication, including our Open Access volumes. We offer authors:

  • Dedicated editorial support from both an experienced academic Editorial Board and a designated Publishing Manager at every step of the publication process;
  • Qualitative, rigorous peer review;
  • Manuscript preparation services, including manuscript review, technical editing and templating, copyediting;
  • Professional typesetting;
  • High-quality printing & digital publishing on BrepolsOnline and other leading platforms (e.g., DOAJ/DOAB);
  • Guaranteed permanent access and archiving of the digital version of your text through Portico;
  • Worldwide physical distribution and online dissemination;
  • Worldwide specialized marketing and targeted commercial initiaives;

Some services may incur additional charges depending on their level of complexity.

Retroactive Open Access

If you wish to make your article Open Access after it is published, we kindly invite you to discuss possible options with the appropriate Publishing Manager.