Open Access means content that is free to read online, download, and share. Here are few reasons to consider publishing your scholarship Open Access:
If you believe everyone should have access to the world's research and scholarship, choose to publish Open Access when you can.
|Publish where you want. Deposit in a repository following publisher rules. Free to authors.||
May be delayed by embargo. May not be able to archive the final version. Publisher retains copyright to the final publication.
|Gold||Fully open access journals||
Many options and models. Small stand-alone to mega journals. Free to moderate fees.
Heterogeneous mix of publishers. Fraud risks in unknown journals.
|Hybrid||Subscription journals with an OA option||
Known subscription journals, costs tied to prestige (market value) and subscriptions. Fees moderate to high.
High price barrier deepens inequities based on access to funding. Libraries still need to pay to subscribe.
Check journal policies before publishing
Check SHERPA-RoMEO to see a summary of publisher open access policies prior to submitting. Review copyright and reuse information in publication agreements carefully. Consider using the SPARC Author Addendum to retain more rights when you publish with a subscription journal.
Review for an Open Access journal
Open Access journals need editors, editorial board members, and peer-reviewers. If you're already involved with a subscription journal, start conversations about the journal's policies and practices and how they might shift toward an open model.
Publish in a fully OA journal
Subscription journals with an open option tend to have have high publication fees and require a subscription to access the non-open content. Fully open access journals are a more sustainable alternative. Most OA journals are peer-reviewed. Search the Directory of Open Access Journals for information.
Share your publications
80% of publishers allow authors to share or "self-archive" a version of their article in an institutional or disciplinary repository, providing Open Access to the content. UNH authors can self-archive in the Scholars Repository at https://scholars.unh.edu/
Share and cite Open Access scholarship
Linking to Open Access versions of articles, either from an OA journal or repository, makes it easier for others to avoid paywalls and helps establish OA as the norm. Use a browser extension like Unpaywall to help you find legal, open versions of articles.