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Pathways to Open Access

If you wish to provide Open Access (OA) to your research, you have two main options. These are commonly known as the 'Gold' and 'Green' routes. A third, the 'Hybrid' route is also available.


  • Here the author publishes their work in an OA Journal (see, link to DOAJ, below) that allows immediate access to its articles on the publisher's website. The Public Library of Science or PLOS (see, link, below) is an example of an OA publisher.
  • There are various business models for Gold OA journals (see, link, below), with some charging a fee for $3,000-$5,000 for the article to be published.


  • Here the author first publishes their work in a journal of their choice, and then deposits, or 'self-archives', a version of the work in either a subject or institutional repository (for example, e-Publications@UNE), making it freely available.
  • The version which can be deposited is specified by the publisher.

Advantages of the Green route:

  • You can still publish in the 'best' journal for your research.
  • You don't have to pay article processing charges.


  • Some publishers provide a Paid Option for Open Access by offering authors the option of making their individual articles OA for a fee. SHERPA (link, below) maintains this list of hybrid publishers, the name of their hybrid programs, and the author’s fee involved. You can also link out to each publisher’s site for more information.
  • NOTE: Because the decision of paying the OA fee is the choice of individual authors, it is usually the case that only a portion of each issue is Open Access, not the entire journal.

Green or Gold?

In this video, Professor Brown of the University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute provides his perspective on the Gold and Green OA publishing options

Scholarly Publishing Series: Open Access Gold v's Green. Part 3 - Prof Matthew Brown, by UQ Library

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