CrossAsia-eBooks supports Open Access as a publication model for the distribution of research results and free access to scientific information. We offer scholars in Asian Studies from around the world the opportunity to publish their research results electronically, promptly and free of charge, thus increasing the visibility and impact of their publications. We publish both first publications of scientific works (“golden path” of Open Access) and second publications (“green path“ of Open Access), i.e. the additional publication of a printed work.

CrossAsia-eBooks adheres to the following principles:
  • The primary form of publishing is the Open Access online-publication in various digital formats (PDF, HTML).
  • In addition to the freely accessible digital formats, CrossAsia-eBooks also offers a Print-on-Demand book publication. These hard- or softcover editions can be purchased from bookstores or online booksellers.
  • We publish monographs as well as series with a regional focus on Asia (South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia). The content covers the entire spectrum of research in the field of Asian Studies. As a rule, our publication profile does not include conference and congress reports, activity reports or popular scientific publications.
  • We accept Ph.D. dissertations if they are rated "Summa cum laude" or "Magna cum laude".
  • Compliance with scientific quality standards is the most important criterion for publication in CrossAsia-eBooks. This should be ensured, for example, in the case of dissertations through the recommendation of the supervisors or in the case of scientific series by the editors.
  • Books published with CrossAsia-eBooks receive a DOI and their own ISBN and can therefore be permanently referenced. Book series also receive an ISSN.

At the centre of our current activities in the field of electronic publishing is the development of multimedia publishing possibilities. Structured scientific texts can be linked with images, maps or 3D visualizations ("Enhanced eBooks"). This type of publication is particularly well suited to the needs of scholars whose work is not purely text-based, but who rely in their research on multimedia data.

CrossAsia-eBooks is part of the Specialized Information Service Asia (FID Asia) and partly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within its Specialized Information Service programme. It is administered by Heidelberg University Library.

We use the open source software OMP (Open Monograph Press) by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

If you are you interested in publishing with CrossAsia-eBooks, you will find more information on publishing and legal issues under the category “Publishing“.