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Open Access at the Library: How Open Access Works

Open Access Models

Green Open Access:

  • Deposit articles in institutional repositories or subject repositories
  • Author posts pre-pub manuscript or author accepted manuscripts to institutional repository (e-scholar@UOIT) or subject repositories
  • Full article published by the journal is subscription only

**Most publishers will allow Green Open Access licenses

Gold Open Access:

  • Publication in Open Access journals
  • Often subject to have an article processing fee anywhere from $3-$5000
  • Free to readers


Open Archive:

  • Need a subscription to access to current issues
  • Articles are freely available after an embargo period (e.g. HighWire Press, Stanford University  - http://highwire.stanford.edu)
     

Hybrid Journals:

  • Journals with a mix of open access and subscription articles

Self Archiving for Free (Green Open Access Options)

Make work open access by depositing it into an institutional repository, such as e-scholar available through the library, or a subject repository.

Publish in the journal of your choosing and make a pre-publication manuscripts or author accepted manuscripts available in open access through the institutional repository or a subject repository.

Always verify with the publisher that they allow the deposit of pre-publication manuscripts or author accepted manuscripts into institutional repositories or subject repositories. Find out more about the journal publishers open access guidelines by searching for the journal of interest in SHERPA/RoMEO.

Pay to Publish (Gold Open Access Costs)

To cover costs of publishing in open access journals, publishers of Gold Open Access publications may:

  • Charge author fees;
  • Sell institutional memberships whereby members receive reduced author fee;
  • Charge for current issues and delay open access; or
  • Operate as a hybrid journal offering open access and premium articles.


*The Library does NOT pay for or subsidize author publication fees for Open Access publications. Most research grants factor publication costs into total funding.

Open Access

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Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. (SPARC)