Why publish in Open Access (OA)?
An Overview. Scholarly and some creative works are communicated through the commercial publishing industry (also known as academic, scholarly, or professional publishing). After the work of authors is accepted for publication, authors usually sign copyright transfer agreements (CTAs) which give publishers the copyright for their work; this means the publisher has control over the use and distribution of the work and usually limits an author's ability to share it through e-mail, social media, learning management systems (LMS) or other means. These works then are limited to readers who have subscriptions (individually or through a library or organization) or those who willing to pay through a paywall.
As an alternative, many scholars and other academics are publishing their work through Open Access (OA) publishers. The main reasons for doing this include:
OA Publishing & Funding Models. OA publishers use one of 3 models: green, gold, and hybrid. Due to the funding models used by OA publlishers, publishing in Open Access may involve some costs when submitting manuscripts. However, bear in mind that most OA publishers do not have charges; 72% of the journals listed in DOAJ do not have any. Here are some common costs from the publishers that may charge them:
OA fees can often be waived by request, or through individual or institutional memberships with an OA publisher (or its sponsoring organization).
OA for Published or Unpublished Works. OA can be considered for both published works and those yet to be published:
Types of Open Access Models:
|Type of Publisher||Author Publishing Costs (APCs)||Availability/ Version||Copyright/ Creative Commons Licensing||Self-Archiving|
|Green||Toll-access, commercial publisher||None||Post-print; Embargo possible for version of record.||Publisher retains copyright. Author may request author addendum for limited copyright uses.||Post-print|
|Gold*||Open Access (OA) publisher||APCs vary, or none||Final version of record.||Author typically retains copyright. Work can be shared by Creative Commons (CC) licenses.||Final version of record allowed.|
|Hybrid||Toll-access, commercial publisher||APCs vary||Final version of record.||Publisher (typically) retains copyright. CC license varies.||Dependent on publisher.|
*Diamond Open Access is considered a type of Gold Open Access which does not have APCs.
See the following SCS LibGuides for related or additional information:
Find & Evaluate OA Publishers
Selected Open Access (OA) Publishers
Journals / Periodicals
Books / Monographs
Commercial Publishers & Open Access. Many commercial, academic publishers offer open access publishing for journals and books alike. See a publisher's open access information on their web page for more information about their requirements, possible book or article publishing costs, and areas of disciplinary interest.
Hybrid Journals. Some commercial publishers produce hybrid OA publications where authors can pay an Author Processing Charge (APC) to make their work openly available in publications that usually have toll-access (pay to read) or are subscription-based (readers need a subscription to view a full work).
What if my work is already published? You may have options for adding your work to an institutional or disciplinary repository (known as Green OA). Many commercial publishers have policies for authors who wish to self-archive their work, make it available through a repository, or otherwise share it.
See this selected list to identify potential publishers, or for examples of their OA policies.
FAU Libraries OA Services
Presentations on OA Publishing
Bond, J. (2018). Open access & book publishing. [YouTube Video]. https://youtu.be/OOthzynLiqg
John Bond, a publishing consultant, explains the open access model for books.