Open Access (OA) is making research publications freely available online for any users to download, copy, print or link to the full text without restriction, as long as the authors are properly acknowledged and cited. It helps research outputs become more widely read, cited and used.
There are two main routes to make your work Open Access - the free self-archiving Green route and the paid Gold route.
Open Access not only brings benefits to you as a researcher but also to the institution and those interested in scholarly publications.
This is the free route. You publish as normal but you also deposit a copy of your research output in an institutional repository or a subject repository, making the full text freely available. Most publishers permit the deposit of the author’s peer-reviewed accepted manuscript which is the final pre-publication version, also known as a post-print. An embargo period usually applies, depending on the publisher’s self archiving policy.
This is the pay to publish route. You publish either in a fully open access journal or choose the open access option in a traditional journal if offered. An article processing charge (APC) is then paid to the publisher by you or your institution and after going through the usual peer-review process, the article is made freely available for anyone to read as soon as it is published on the journal website.