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Why publish open access with CABI?

CABI believes that a crucial way to solve problems in agriculture and the environment is by creating and sharing information. Our experience in scientific research, publishing, knowledge management and communications, helps us to put knowledge into the hands of the people who need it most. Through our open access books programme, we contribute to the removal of barriers to accessing research and knowledge, publishing across a wide range of subject areas within the applied life sciences and tourism.

Who we work with

CABI works for and with universities, national research and extension institutions, development agencies, the private sector, national and local governments, charities and foundations, farmers and non-governmental organizations.

We also publish titles on behalf of, or in association with, a number of learned societies, research institutes, commercial companies and donor organizations.

Freely available online:

Our open access books are freely and immediately available online at CAB eBooks upon publication. They are accessible to anyone worldwide, which ensures distribution to the widest possible audience.

High visibility:

All CABI's open access books are indexed, down to chapter level, in CAB Abstracts and (where relevant) Global Health, bringing them to a global audience of researchers, teachers and students. All open access books produced by CABI are submitted to the Directory of Open Access Books, an international database established to improve the discoverability of Open Access books.

Authors retain copyright:

CABI's open access books are published under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND. This license allows people to download your work and share it with others, as long as they credit you. But they can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Many book types available:

CABI accepts manuscripts for authored and edited books of academic monographs, practitioner books and conference proceedings. We produce open access books from 128 pages up to more than 400 pages.

The highest quality standards:

CABI's open access books follow the same production and publishing processes as traditional CABI books. We offer excellent author care from our team of dedicated staff and will advise you on the best way to ensure maximum quality of your book.

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Peer review

All books published by CABI are subject to peer review of the proposal, and sample chapters where available, before submission of the whole book manuscript. This is conducted by multiple peer reviewers who are independent of both the book’s editors or authors, and of CABI. The peer reviewing takes place on a single-blind basis. Where a book forms part of a series, a series editor may provide an additional peer review assessment. The peer review process is overseen by the relevant commissioning editor at CABI.


CABI prides itself on flexibility and our straightforward pricing policy means that we can customize our prices to your needs.

We charge a fee at the start of the publication process. The average price for an open access book is £10,000 but this can vary depending on the requirements of the project. Please get in touch for a full quote.