Open Access


Arc welcomes Open Access publications, whether monographs (conventional length or short-form) or thematic collections of articles, and Open Access publication of individual articles in collections or journal issues. We negotiate a price for each on the basis of the following principles:

1. Our costs. A recent study, across a wide range of university presses and academic-led presses like ourselves, shows that the costs of publishing a monograph are typically between $28,000 and $48,000. Arc’s costs are generally a third of this level, through our lean, efficient structure. This allows us to offer OA rates lower than most publishers.

2. The research agency’s requirements and funds. We take into account the norms or requirements of the funding agency, including the availability of funds for the scholars in question (e.g., from their own university, or national or international agencies). However, we cannot subsidize such publications from our own funds.

3. Turnaround time. Typically, after delivery of definitive text after peer-review, we can undertake copyediting, typesetting, and cover and other design work, in 5-6 months. A more rapid turnaround, if required to satisfy deliverables promised to the funding agency, is negotiable.

4. The extent of the publication and production factors. Naturally, the word-count and image-count may make production more complex (or easier) and such factors affect our costs. In addition, we can undertake the following, to speed and simplify the process for you:
o Developmental editing (e.g., where the author or contributors are not native-English speakers).
o Creation of indexes; gaining permissions for the use of images.
o Image manipulation, map-making, and other artwork.

Please consult the relevant Acquisitions Editor (see Our Team) with your requirements and indicate what funds are or may be available. We do highly recommend that you consult us prior to making any funding application to a research council or similar, since we can indicate the budget that should be set aside.

To which sorts of volumes does this apply?

We offer Gold Open Access for monographs and thematic collections. Gold Open Access is not available for classroom texts, critical editions, or reference works. This therefore precludes our Past Imperfect, Companions, or Foundations series.

Hosting of Arc’s Open Access Volumes on Project MUSE

Books published under Arc’s Gold Open Access model will be made immediately available on publication. A PDF version of the published book is downloadable for free on one of the world’s premier scholarly hosting sites, Project MUSE at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This platform is open to a very select group of university presses and academic societies (commercial presses are by their nature excluded), so Arc is honoured to have been included in this group. Project MUSE describes itself as follows:

High Quality. Peer Reviewed. 100% Full Text
Scholarly projects demand reliable content. Project MUSE is your trusted source for the highest quality books and journals in the humanities and social sciences from over 200 of the world’s most distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.

Creative Commons Licence

We recommend the CC BY-NC-ND licence, which we think is the most suitable Creative Commons licence for humanities monographs, and which many authors prefer. Alternatives are possible and we consider requests of funding agencies as well as the wishes of the author. The particular licence is agreed in the contract and specified on the copyright page of the publication.

Additional Formats

In addition to making Gold Open Access books freely available for download, we may also produce print and ebook versions for sale in a so-called “hybrid Open Access” arrangement. Royalties on sales of print copies and ebooks will be payable in the standard way. Open Access titles receive the same high standard of peer review, copy-editing and marketing as all our other titles.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Gold Open Access article processing charges are applied to journal articles and book chapters using the same principles as explained above.

Green Open Access

Arc is happy for authors to post a pdf version of their published book, chapter, or journal article online, on a non-commercial site only (for example a personal website or institutional repository).

Preprint versions of such material may be included in commercial sites such as and ResearchGate. A preprint version is the version submitted to the press prior to peer-reviewing having taken place.