There are two routes into Open Access - green or gold:
Green Open Access route to open access, is “self-archiving” in an Open Access Repository: this means that, in addition to the publication in journals (“traditional” method) authors deposit a copy of their articles into an institutional repository such as Research Repository UCD:
Green Open Access means there are no costs involved for the author/reader so it is free for authors to upload to the Research Repository UCD and free for users to read and download papers.
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.
More than half of all these full open access journals do not charge APCs. Refer also to the list of open access journals in the
where authors wanting to publish an article can see whether a particular journal is held in high regard and what the 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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