There are two routes into Open Access - green or gold:
Green Open Access: “self-archiving” in an Open Access Repository, i.e. in addition to publication in subscription journals (“traditional” method), authors deposit a copy of their articles into an institutional repository such as Research Repository UCD:
Gold Open Access: There are a growing number of open access journals and most of the major publishers now have some kind of open access option.
A detailed listing of reputable gold open access journals, including article processing charges where applicable, can be found in the DOAJ:
The QOAM is based on academic crowd sourcing and allows authors to see whether a particular journal is held in high regard and what the relevant publication costs are.
Paying for Gold Open Access:
Often open access is an eligible cost in a grant application. Check with your funding agency. If it isn't the alternative is to use the green route.
Our Information Sheet outlines the different routes, diagrammatically, to Green and Gold open access.
Gold Open Access is where an author publishes an article which is made openly accessibly by the publisher. Read this brief Information Sheet to learn more.
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