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Publishing Open Access: Publishing Open Access

What is Open Access?

What is Open Access?

Open access is a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data. A publication is defined 'open access' when there are no financial, legal or technical barriers to accessing it - that is to say when anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for and search within the information, or use it in education or in any other way within the legal agreements. 

Open access is a publishing model for scholarly communication that makes research information available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model in which readers have access to scholarly information by paying a subscription (usually via libraries). 

One of the most important advantages of open access is that it increases the visibility and reuse of academic research results. There is also criticism, and the aspect of quality deserves extra effort. The principles of open access are set out in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (2003). 


Different Ways of Publishing Open Access

  • The golden route:  Gold open access ensures that the final version of an article is freely and permanently accessible for everyone on the publisher’s platform immediately after publication. This type of open access usually requires paying APC (article processing charge). 

1) Full Open Access journals: publication via publisher platforms in full open access journals. This route may involve a charge. The publication costs, known as ‘article processing charges’ (APCs), are covered by authors or by their institutions. Most research funders support open access and are willing to cover the costs themselves. A list of fully open-access journals accessible worldwide can be found on the DOAJ website.

2) Hybrid Journals: publication via ‘hybrid’ journals. These journals are subscription journals that allow open-access publication of individual articles on payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). 

Each publisher/journal has details about how to make an open-access publication on its page.

  • The green route: the full text of academic publications is deposited in a trusted repository, a publicly accessible database managed by a research organization, such as our institutional repository IZTECH GCRIS, or discipline-specific: arXiv.orgBioRxivPubMed Central, etc...
    The Directory of Open Access Repositories OpenDOAR is a searchable database of academic open-access repositories.
  • The diamond route: publication via diamond journals/platforms that do not charge author-facing publication fees (APCs). Diamond open-access journals are usually funded via library subsidy models, institutions, or societies. You can find a list of Diamond journals on the DOAJ website by filtering for 'Journals without APCs'. 
    For example: 
    Open Research Europe