The broad concept of Open Access (OA) publishing is to make the outputs of publicly funded research freely available, in a digital format, to anyone without restriction. This suite of guidance materials aims to provide information on the legal requirements plus processes and policies stipulated by the University of the Highlands and Islands, to ensure that its researchers are compliant.
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Making your work open access can help make sure:
Researchers can benefit greatly through Open Access publishing. Short video (2:56 minutes) courtesy of UCL open access team where researchers discuss the advantages of OA.
There are two complementary mechanisms for achieving open access to research.
The first mechanism is for authors to publish in open-access journals that do not receive income through reader subscriptions.
The second is for authors to deposit their refereed journal article in an open electronic archive.
These two mechanisms are often called the ‘gold’ and ‘green’ routes to open access:
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These jounals are usually funded by a society or funder. There is no APC charge to publish in them or subscription charge to read them. Content is peer reviewed.
Fully Gold Open Access
Authors are required to pay an APC to have content published in these journals. They are free to read and content is peer reviewed.
Jounals contain a mixture of traditional subscription-based publishing and open access. Some individual articles are available open access, as a result of an article processing charge (APC) having been paid, and the rest require a subscription to be paid in order to be accessed. Content is peer reviewed.
These journals have no APC charge to publish in them but there is a pay wall so people have to pay a subscription to read them. Content is peer reviewed.