Open Access Journals
Their funding model means that readers (or their institutions) do not need to pay to read, download, copy, distribute or link to the full text of articles. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a good source for finding Open Access peer reviewed journals.
Page or Author Charges
- OA journals may be funded by “page charges”, “article processing charges”, “publication charges”, or “author charges” levied on the authors or their institutions.
- Non-open access journals (“traditional” model of publishing) may also levy such charges. They are not new.
- They shift the funding burden from the end-user (reader) to the producer (researcher, his or her department, university, grant-funding organization, etc.).
- The author information at the journal website you are interested in & look to see what sort of charges may be required.
Some articles in the journal may be Open Access and some not (often depending on author charges). Most of the big scientific publishers offer this model. Go to this page on Hybrid journals maintained by MIT to learn more.
“Traditional” (Closed) Access Journals that allow self-archiving for Open Access
Many traditional model journal allow varying degrees of self-archiving for Open access.
Sherpa / Romeo maintained in the University of Nottingham in the UK allows you to search & find out the copyright & self-archiving policies of major publishers. They use a color code to help understand.
|Color||Archiving = OK ( on personal site or institutional repository )|
|Green||Pre-print and post-print OR Publisher’s version or.pdf|
|Blue||Post-print ( ie final draft post-refereeing ) OR Publisher’s version or .pdf|
|Yellow||Pre-print ( ie pre-refereed version ) only|
|White||Archiving not fully supported|
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last modified 15 August 2016