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How to publish open access

There are different ways to publish your research open access.


Gold open access: You publish in a fully open access journal that does not charge subscription fees for reading access. Gold open access journals usually charge a publication fee, also known as an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Hybrid open access: You publish in a traditional subscription journal that offers open access publication for individual articles on payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Green open access: You publish in a closed access journal and then self-archive a version of your publication by depositing it in a trusted open access repository, such as the University's research database. Publications can be archived upon publication or after, depending on the journal’s policy. It is often permitted to self-archive the author’s final version (post-print) after an embargo period.

Diamond open access: You publish in a fully open access journal or platform that does not charge any publication fees (APCs).

Step-by-step guides

Use these step-by-step guides to publish your research open access.


Tip: Check the Journal Browser to see which discounts apply for UG/UMCG submitting authors. Remember to use your UG/UMCG email address to signal your affiliation.


N.B. The open access team will check the archiving policy of the publisher for you.

Open access support: openaccess | openaccess

Do you have questions on open access that are specific to your discipline? Contact one of the open access ambassadors at the University's faculties.

Last modified:25 September 2019 3.40 p.m.
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