Open Access information

(Last updated: 25 March 2024)

The information on this page concerns journal articles.

Green OA/Self-archiving

Information on which versions can be self-archived in repositories is provided on our Author's Rights Page .

Gold OA through individual (author) APCs

Most of our journals are, at present, hybrid. We offer authors the option to make their article Open Access through payment of an APC .

Transformative Read & Publish Agreements

We have started to arrange "Read &  Publish" deals with institutions with the purpose to transform our journals into OA journals. Here you'll find an up-to-date list of agreements .

We are proud to announce that we have come to agreements with Jisc, Bibsam, and CAUL.

Institutions interested in discussing such a Read & Publish arrangement can contact us at openaccess at

We developed our R&P offer on the basis of the 'Smooth Transition Model' which was proposed by Nina Schönfelder (University of Bielefeld). For background information:

The model is based on a single, transparent calculation that balances the subscription fees, APCs, and an offset for the total amount of Open Access journal articles, to establish a gradual shift using the offset as a pivot.

Example quotation for Institution X in the September 2023 for subscription year 2024:

Read fee: € 5000 x (1 – 0.1 ) = € 4500
Publish fee: € 1800 x 5 x 0.1 = € 900
         ____________ +
R&P fee:   = € 5400


John Benjamins participates in the OA Switchboard , founded by OASPA in 2020, providing community-based infrastructure to streamline communication and facilitate reporting between publishers and institutions on OA publication-level information.

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