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Open Access

A guide to what is open access material, and where you can find it at Foley Library.

How Do I Make My Research Open Access?

There are two ways to make your work open access:

  1. Open access publishing (Gold Open Access or Hybrid Open Access)
    • Gold Open Access journals do not require a subscription. All articles are published Open Access under licenses that permit sharing and reuse. Depending on the journal's business model, a Gold OA journal may require authors or funders to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) after article acceptance.
    • Hybrid Open Access journals require a subscription. However, they give authors the option to make their individual article Open Access by paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) after article acceptance.
    • Whenever possible, we recommend publishing in a Gold OA journal over a Hybrid OA journal.
  2. Self-archiving in an open access repository (Green Open Access)

Your liaison librarian is available to help you identify potential open access publication venues and repositories for self-archiving. You may also consult the information below.

Publishing in an open access journal

Self-archiving in an open access repository

  • Ensure you have the rights to make your work available in an open access repository.
    • If you have already published the article, consult your original author agreement or search for the journal (or publisher) in Sherpa/Romeo, a database of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies.
    • If your article has been accepted for publication and you have not yet signed an author agreement, attach an author addendum (such as the SPARC Author Addendum) to the agreement and submit it to the publisher.
  • Identify a repository for submission (note: Gonzaga does not have an institutional repository)
  • Submit your work and license it under a Creative Commons license.


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