Open Access at Duke University Press

Duke University Press publishes two open-access (OA) journals and is part of several open-access publishing initiatives. Like the scholarly publishing community at large, we have explored different funding models for OA and have found that there is no one perfect model but a variety of good options. Additionally, many introductions to Duke University Press humanities journal issues and books are available for free.

Open Access Journals

Environmental HumanitiesCover of Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities brings humanities scholarship into conversation with the natural and social sciences around significant environmental issues. The journal does not charge author fees and is funded through partnerships with Concordia University; Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney; University of California, Los Angeles; Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology; and the Environmental Humanities Program, University of New South Wales.

Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory

Critical Times is an online journal established by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with the aim of foregrounding the global reach and form of contemporary critical theory. The journal reflects on and facilitates forms of transnational solidarity that draw upon critical theory and political practice. Critical Times seeks to redress missed opportunities for critical dialogue between the global South and global North and to generate contacts across the current divisions of knowledge and languages in the South and across the peripheries.


Open Access Publishing Initiatives

Project Euclid 

Project Euclid logoProject Euclid is a platform for high-quality mathematics and statistics scholarship and is jointly operated by Duke University Press and Cornell University Libraries. 75 percent of the content on the platform is available open access. Through a combination of support by subscribing libraries and participating publishers, Project Euclid is able to ensure enough revenue to support the maintenance and continued development of a state-of-the art online content distribution system that is made available to publishers of OA titles at a very low cost. Project Euclid also works with libraries, scholars, and publishers to identify, digitize, and make openly available historical scholarship. A list of the OA titles on Project Euclid.


TOME logoSome book titles are available through TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), which advances the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members through open access editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.

The Carlyle Letters Online logoThe Carlyle Letters Online

The Carlyle Letters Online provides free access to an outstanding resource in Victorian literature, philosophy, and culture: the letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. The recipients of the Carlyles’ over 10,000 letters included Charles Dickens, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Funding for the Carlyle Letters Online is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the United Kingdom supports the Edinburgh editorial operation for the collection, which is hosted online at the University of South Carolina Center for Digital Humanities.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched logoKnowledge Unlatched, an open-access initiative for humanities and social science books. The “unlatched” titles are made openly available on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN and HathiTrust as fully downloadable PDFs. A list of The Duke University Press books openly available can be found on the Knowledge Unlatched collection title page.

Read a DUP blog post featuring a Q&A about Duke University Press open access initiatives.