There are two types of Open Access journals; Green and Gold.
Green journals give authors permission to self-archive their work on a personal website or institutional repository.
Gold journals provide access to peer-reviewed articles without charging the reader and make up approximately 30% of the scholarly literature. The business model varies, but the majority do not charge publication fees.
Gold Journal Examples
SHERPA / ROMEO is a database of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. Your can search by journal title or by publisher to determine what a publisher will allow under their standard agreement. A faculty adopted open access policy should specify what level of archiving is acceptable.
|ROMEO colour||Archiving policy|
|green||can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF|
|blue||can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF|
|yellow||can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)|
|white||archiving not formally supported|