Gold Open Access Journal: All journal content is available for researchers to read, print, download, distribute or link to without fees. Authors are often required to pay an Article Processing Charge to make their work Open Access immediately.
Hybrid Journal: Some select content is open access upon request by author, typically via publication or author fees, while some content in the journal remains behind a paywall.
Embargoed Open Access: Subscription model that provides open access to content after an embargo period expires.
Diamond (or Platinum) Open Access Journal: A journal that does not require an Article Process Charge to make an article immediately Open Access and is also free to readers.
Green Open Access: Articles that have been made open access in an institutional repository or disciplinary repository even if the publisher's version (also known as the Version of Record) remains behind a paywall.
Publishing your work open access doesn't have to cost a thing!
Diamond Open Access and Green Open Access are completely free routes to publishing open access. Additionally, budgeting for the cost of Article Processing Charges (APCs) in grant requests will assist with publishing costs in the future.
If you are publishing your work open access, you will be asked to select from a list open license options. This lets readers understand the rights that you have maintained and the rights that you have given away. In other words, the reader will know how they can use your work and the best way to give you credit.
One open license provider is Creative Commons. Here are the license options:
To learn which license is right for you, visit:
A preprint is a version of a scholarly or scientific paper that precedes publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly or scientific journal. It allows authors to make their findings immediately and freely available to the community. Most major publishers allow authors to submit work that is already available as a preprint.
Below is a list of current preprint repositories: