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Open Access: Publishing & Copyright

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

Open Access publishing

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Open Access publishing

Why publish with open access?   There are many reasons to consider making research available and open to use.  This could ensure that there will be a wide readership of the material that you put forth.  The access of this research will benefit people who otherwise do not have access.  


Some advantages of Open Access publishing

Publishing with Open Access offers an immediate and fast access to information needed.  Also the cost for publishing the articles will be significantly lower.  Publishing with in an Open Access journal more people have access to it.  Some other aspects to consider are the visibility of the journal.  

Some tools:

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. A global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education

Initiative for Open Access publishing launched in September 2018. Supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders.

From Open Access Netherlands, here is an article describing the pros and cons of open access publishing:

Think. Check. Submit

A Guide to Author Fees

Some open access publishers charge fees to publish in their journals. These are come of them:

Pre-acceptance fees are required for some Open Access journals. These include submission fees or membership fees.  The submission fees, which could range from $50-$125, are used to help fund the editorial and peer review administration. 

Another factor to consider when publishing in open access journals could be membership fees, which could range from $100 - $350. Such are also supposed to cover the editorial process and peer review.

Post-acceptance fees:

These fees are used to cover the cost of printing, color, and traditional journals by page they often range from $100-$250 each and color could be about $150-$1,000.  This will depend on per item or page and the fees will change based on that.

For publication these fees can range and are for publishing charges or article processing charges these could range from $8-3,900.

Gonzaga Library Publishing

Gonzaga Library Publishing

Did you know that Foley Library publishes open access journals?

The Foley Library provides open access publishing services to the Gonzaga University community. We support journals that reflect the mission of Gonzaga University through a commitment to the dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.

Contact us to learn more!

Intellectual Property: But what about copyright?

Open Access does not mean that authors/creators do not have rights to their works. If you created a work, you are the copyright holder until you transfer those rights to someone else.

Gold Open Access Journals allow the author to retain the copyright to their articles. Instead, authors can use a Creative Commons license (usually Attribution-Only, or CC-BY) to allow others to freely access, copy and use research provided the author is correctly attributed. Creative Commons licenses are likely to be added to the article by the journal/publisher, but you should check with them when submitting. As you retain the copyright, you will able to use the final published version of the article in any way you wished, including adding the full text to a repository.

Hybrid Open Access Journals may give the author the option of publishing their article as open access or publishing via the traditional method. Authors (or their institution) will usually have to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make their article open access but in doing so retain copyright and the article is published under an open license such as CC-BY. However, authors may choose not to publish their article as open access and instead sign a copyright transfer agreement, meaning they lose the copyright in all versions of their article. In this instance, you should check the publisher's policy to see whether you are permitted to self-archive your article in an institutional repository (which in essence is the 'Green' open access route). You may have to embargo your work for a period of time. 

When you are considering where to submit your work for publication

Contracts with authors to secure permission to publish often are broader than necessary. If you are considering submitting work to a journal, you can take these steps to inform yourself about the policies of specific journals

1) Look at the SHERPA/RoMEO database for publisher copyright and self-archiving policies.

2) Examine the author guidelines and other information available from each publisher.

3) Carefully look at any author agreements prior to acceptance/signature. Consider submitting an addendum such as the SPARC Author Addendum.


Creative Commons Licenses

One way to maintain your rights as a creator of digital content is to use a Creative Commons license. You retain copyright and grant permission for limited uses to others. Look for this symbol

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or for a statement like this


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