Open Access books are financed by their authors’ institutions through payment of publication fees to the publisher. As a result of the Research Council of Norway’s stimulus plan (STIM-OA), many universities in Norway today have established publication funds to aid in financing Open Access publishing.

The amount of a publication fee varies first and foremost according to the scope of the book (number of pages and illustrative material). When a book is published Open Access, it will be available for free and unrestricted download by anyone. An important aspect of Open Access publishing is that the author always retains copyright to his/her own work; copyright is not transferred to or exclusively licensed by the publisher. Thus the author is at liberty to share and further distribute all content in whatever way he/she wishes, from the moment the work is published.