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Open Access: What is Open Access

Open Access (OA) refers to research outputs which are distributed online and free of cost or other barriers, and possibly with the addition of a Creative Commons license to promote reuse. Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs.

Academic articles (as historically seen in paper-based academic journals) have been the main focus of the movement. Conventional (non-open access) journals cover publishing costs through access tolls such as subscriptions, site licenses or pay-per-view charges. Open access research is advanced by a range of distribution mechanisms and business models.

Gold Vs Green

There are two types of Open Access: Green Open Access and Gold Open Access.

 

 

GOLD OPEN ACCESS

GREEN OPEN ACCESS

ACCESS

*Free public access to the final published article.

*Access is immediate and permanent.

*Free public access to a version of your article.

*Time delay may apply (embargo period).

FEE

*Open access fee is paid by the author, or on their behalf (for example by a funding body).

*No fee is payable by the author, as costs are covered by library subscriptions.

USE

*Determined by your user license.

*Authors retain the right to use their articles for a wide range of purposes. All open versions of your articles should have a user license attached.

OPTIONS

*Publish in an open access journal.

*Publish in a journal that supports open access (also known as a hybrid journal).

*Self-archive your manuscript.