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Open Access Explained


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Open Access Terminology

OA Gold - authors publish their article in an open access journal

OA Green - authors publish their article in a journal, then deposit a copy of their article the university's institutional repository (or in other central repositories, such as PubMed Central), so that it is freely available to the public.

Hybrid OA - provide Gold open access only for those individual articles for which their authors (or their author's institution or funder) pay an open access publishing fee.

Preprint - version of a scholarly work submitted for peer review including only the original work of the author(s).

Postprint - also known as the author's final version, this version incorproates all changes from peer review, but it has not yet been copyedited and formatted for publication.

Author's Addendum - attached to publication or copyright transfer agreements requesting additional author rights beyond those already granted by the publisher.

How Open Is It?

It may be helpful to consider the broader question "how open is my research?"

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