Pathways to Open Access
There are many considerations when deciding where to publish. These include: reaching the intended audience for your research; evaluating journal impact; publisher/journal legitimacy; and faculty, research group or funder preferences.
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 that allows immediate access to its articles on the publisher's website. The Public Library of Science or PLoS is an example of an OA publisher.
- There are various business models for Gold OA journals, 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 an institutional or subject repository, 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 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 produced by the UQ Library, Professor Brown of the 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