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Open Access: Open Access Publishers & Journals

Guide to information on open access, copyright, and scholarly communication.

Open Access Publishers

Open Access Journals: Green vs. Gold

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.

List of journals that allow author archiving

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

Journal and Publisher Copyright Policies


SHERPA / ROMEO is a resource that consolidates publisher open access policies, listing 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.  An  open access policy should specify what level of archiving is acceptable. 

Journal Color 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

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving


What is a pre-print?

It is the author's initial version of an article submitted to a publication before it has been reviewed. Public Library of Science PLOS explains how they handle pre-prints.