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Journals & OA

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.

Hybrid Journals

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. The Publishers Association (UK) detailed the role of Hybrid journals.

“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
Blue Post-print ( ie final draft post-refereeing ) OR Publisher’s version
Yellow Pre-print ( ie pre-refereed version ) only
White Archiving not fully supported


Learn more about Sherpa’s color coding


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last modified 02 March 2018