HASP supports Open Access as a publishing model for the dissemination and advancement of knowledge and learning. We offer scholars in Asian Studies across 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 scholarly monographs, edited volumes and journals according to both the gold OA model, i.e. books are available in OA immediately, and the green OA model, i.e. the OA additional publication of a printed work (self-archiving).

HASP adheres to the following principles:

  • The primary form of publishing is the Open Access online-publication in a variety of digital formats (PDF, HTML).
  • In addition to the freely accessible digital formats, HASP 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 academic standards is the most important criterion for publication in HASP. This should be ensured, for example, in the case of dissertations through the recommendation of the supervisors or in the case of academic series by the series editors. In individual consultation with the authors, we also conduct a peer review process with external reviewers.
  • Books published with HASP 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.

HASP is part of the Specialized Information Service FID4SA 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 HASP, you will find more information on publishing and legal issues under the category “Publishing“.

CrossAsia-ePublishing renamed HASP - Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing
Under a new name, Heidelberg University Library is further expanding its successful open access publishing activities with innovative new services. What started as CrossAsia-eBooks / CrossAsia-ePublishing within the FID Asia in 2016 will be continued as Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing - HASP since the beginning of 2022 within FID4SA - Specialized Information Service South Asia.