Is Open Access the right choice for your book?

Scientific publications that generate publication points for authors and their institutions must be peer-reviewed and satisfy a number of other specific requirements.

In order to qualify as a scientific publication, a book must fulfil the following four criteria:

  • present new knowledge
  • be in a form that makes its findings verifiable and applicable for further research
  • be in a language and distributable in such a way as to make it available to the greatest number of scholars and researchers who could find it of interest
  • be made available by a publication channel with accountable routines for peer review

A text that simply summarizes a particular subject or theme cannot be considered a scientific publication if it does not pose a research query and/or specify a context in which the results provide new knowledge and insight. This is the case regardless of whether one makes reference to relevant literature – and a scientific publication must include a systematic review of the current literature. Furthermore, subject matter, theories, methodologies, findings and interpretations must be coherently and clearly formulated and presented.

Similarly, a text that is merely an elaborated version of a previously published article or monograph that has already yielded publication points will not qualify – not unless the new version offers something more than the original article or monograph, such as a new research premise, new analysis or a new context for discourse.