Open Access

Open Access (OA) means that scientific articles can be made freely available online. OA allows everyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print and use texts in ways that do not violate copyright law.

Open Access is included in the open science umbrella concept, aiming at opening up several parts of the research process. Apart from Open Access, the central parts of open science are open learning resources, open source codes, open peer review and open research data. The main idea is that this helps increasing quality of research and ensures that research results will be commonly available.

All publicized research should eventually be freely available at no cost for the reader. Usually this would mean that the cost of publishing is transferred from the reader to the author. The fee the author has to pay to have an article published Open Access is called APC (Article Processing Charge). There are however OA journals where publicizing is free.

Different types of Open Access

There are mainly three types of Open Access publishing:

Gold Open Access

Publishing in a journal where all articles are available to the reader for free. We recommend this as the articles can reach a wider readership. Many publishers use the term gold OA for hybrid OA. Therefore, the library uses the term pure Open Access, or pure OA, to clarify when talking about gold OA.

Hybrid Open Access

Freely available articles published in subscription-based journals where most items are behind a pay wall. We do not recommend hybrid OA as it is usually more expensive than gold. It also reduces the visibility of the free items as they will “drown” among the larger number of items behind the pay wall.

Green Open Access

Articles published Open Access with a delay, either at the publisher’s or on some other platform like an institutional repository. Often it is the author's last draft that can be made available this way. This process is often called parallel publishing and around 90% of all articles can be published this way. Find out more by following the link below to LiU E-press' page on parallel publishing (see below). 

Why publish Open Access?

Articles published Open Access do not end up behind a pay wall and will be more visible than work published in traditional subscription-based journals. The wider availability can mean that articles get more readers and increase citations. With most subscription-based journals, the copyright is signed over to the publisher/journal. When publishing Open Access, you usually retain larger parts of your copyright. By using licences from Creative Commons, you yourself decide what others can be allowed to do with your article. We are happy to support you in choosing what CC license to use.

Reduced publications fees in some Open Access journals

As a researcher at LiU, you can get the publication fee paid when publishing in pure Open Access journals. Read more!

Currently available discounts

 Publisher Type of Open Access Discount How to do it
American Chemical Society Hybrid journals (ACS AuthorChoice) See publisher information. Discounts for all ACS publications apply
American Institute of Physics  6 hybrid journals  No APC charged  See this page 
BMJ Publishing Both pure open access journals and hybrid journals 25 percent discount See this page
Cambridge University Press  Both pure open access journals and hybrid journals No APC charged  See this page 
De Gruyter  Pure open access journals, hybrid journals, and ebooks 20 percent discount  See this page 
Institute of Physics Hybrid journals No APC charged See this page 
IOS Press Hybrid journals Price for APC is EUR 1200 Please state that institutional discount applies.
Oxford University Press  Hybrid journals  No APC charged  See this page 
Royal Society of Chemistry Hybrid journals No APC charged See this page
Royal Society Publishing Both pure open access journals and hybrid journals 25 percent discount  See this page
Springer Both pure open access journals and hybrid journals No APC charged See this page
Taylor & Francis Hybrid journals No APC charged See this page
       
       
       
 Journal  Type of Open Access  Discount  How to do it
PNAS Hybrid journal USD 350 USD discount on APC Please state that institutional discount applies.
Journal of Biomedical Optics Pure open access journal

 

25 percent discount, the library pays the remaining charge.
Apply for temporary OA-support.

State that LiU is a SPIE Digital Library subscriber, then apply for support for remaining charge.
Neurophotonics Pure open access journal 25 percent discount, the library pays the remaining charge.
Apply for temporary OA-support.
State that LiU is a SPIE Digital Library subscriber, then apply for support for remaining charge.

 

Links

OpenAccess.se
The National Library’s blog on Open Access

Creative Commons
Creative Commons and the different licenses

Parallell publishing
Information from LiU E-press on how go about parallel publishing (mainly for LiU researchers)

Research data
Information on how you can publish your research data

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