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How to publish Open Access

There are two established routes to make your research publications Open Access (OA): the Gold Route and the Green Route.

Green Open Access 

An author uploads a copy of the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (or earlier version) to an OA repository, such as ORO. The Author's Accepted Manuscript is the version that has gone through the peer review process but has not been copy edited or typeset by the publisher

  • The paper becomes freely available at point of deposit to the repository or after a publisher's embargo period (usually 6-24 months)

This podcast explains Green OA publishing.

Gold Open Access

The final published version of a publication is made freely available on the publisher's website immediately on publication 

  • It is often published with a Creative Commons (CC) license
  • Gold OA usually involves a one-off payment to a publisher commonly knwon as an Article Processing Charge (APC). An APC can range from several hundred pounds to several thousand depending on the publisher and the 'prestige' of the journal.

Gold OA includes papers in traditional (hybrid) journals where the authors choose Gold, and fully (pure) OA journals (e.g. BioMed Central, PLOS).

This podcast explains Gold OA publishing.

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