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Open access journals

Open access

Open access means free, immediate, permanent, online and full-text access to academic research. There are three ways to achieve this:

Gold open access

Publishing via publisher platforms in open access journals is called gold open access. This route is in most cases not free. The publicaton costs, known as 'article processing charges' (APCs), are paid by the author or his or her institution. Some organizations that fund academic research feel that open access is important and they are willing to cover the costs.

An overview of scientific and scholarly quality-reviewed open access journals can be found on: DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals.

In addition to the form described above, there is also a hybrid form of gold open access. In a hybrid journal some articles are open access. The author pays a fee to ensure the article becomes available without charge to non-subscribers. The other articles in the same journal are not necessarily open access.

With some publishers the University of Groningen have set up discount or exemption arrangements for the APCs. You can check via the journal browser whether a specific journal qualifies for a discount.

Attention:  there are also some unscrupulous open access publishers.
Green open access

In the green open access model, the full text of academic publications is deposited in a repository, a publicly accessible database managed by a research organizaton. Publishers usually allow this, but sometimes only on certain conditions. To check conditions of this kind and the copyright regulations of journals and publishers, see SHERPA/RoMEO.

The University of Groningen als has an institutional repository. Articles can be uploaded to it by using Pure.

Diamond open access

In diamond open access, the costs of editing, peer review, online publication, hosting, etc., are borne by an institution, fund or collaborative arrangement. Universities and other non-commercial institutions make an infrastructure available and most of the professional work is done by academics in their roles as editors or peer reviewers. The University of Groningen Library supports this route. More information: University of Groningen Press.

Do not automatically relinquish yourcopyright

There are no copyright restrictions on reading, downloading, copying and disseminating an open access publication. However, the author retains ownership of the material.

To indicate what may be done with their publication, authors can use a Creative Commons license.

Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act , also known as the ‘Taverne legal amendment’, states that after a reasonable period after the first publication, the researcher has the right to make the publication available to the public, e.g. via the University repository; at the UG through the research database Pure.

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