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Open Access Publishing (Gold OA)
Open access journals typically have the following characteristics:
They are scholarly/ peer reviewed
Utilize quality control mechanisms just like conventional journals
Freely and openly available on the web
No charge to readers
Authors can publish their work in a traditional open access journal, a hybrid open access journal, or a delayed open access journal.
Traditional Open Access Journals
Journals established by digital commercial or nonprofit publishers for the sole purpose of publishing open access content
Typically utilize a Creative Commons Attribution License for publishing
Authors usually retain their copyright.
Different funding strategies used to support the journal:
Author fees (money may come from the author or more likely the author's research grant)
Can be waived in cases of financial hardship
Subsidies from institutions such as universities, laboratories, research centers, libraries, foundations, museums or government agencies
Ex: Journals published in the
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Hybrid Open Access Journals
Journals where only some of the articles are open access
Open access status requires the payment of a publication fee/ processing fee to the publisher
open access may vary according to publisher
Ex: Publishers offering hybrid open access include: Elsevier:
Open Access Options; Oxford University Press: Oxford Open; SAGE Publications: SAGE Open; for a more extensive list of publishers visit SHERPA/RoMEO's page Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access
Delayed Open Access Journals
Traditional subscription-based journal
Provide open access or free access after the elapse of an embargo period following the initial date of publication
Embargo periods vary from a few months to two or more years
Journal subscription or individual article purchase required to view articles prior to the end of the embargo period
Model adopted by many scholarly society journals
Molecular Biology of the Cell (2 month embargo)
Open Access Self-Archiving (Green OA)
Authors self-archive pre-print¹ or post-print² copies of their articles or conference papers in:
Instutional repositories, e.g.
Institutional Repository Subject or discipline-specific repositories, e.g.
Author's Personal Websites
For tenure review purposes self-archiving is not considered a valid form of peer-review publication.
Although self-archiving copies of your work won't help you with tenure, there are still benefits:
Increased visibilty, exposure, usage and imapct of your research
Expanded readership of your work beyond subscribers to the journal in which the research is published
1. pre-print = the version of the article before the peer review process
2. post-print = the version of the article after the peer review process, with edits but lacking final formatting used in the journal