Publish with Open Access

Information on how and why you should publish with Open Access.

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What is Open Access? #

Open Access (OA) means that peer-reviewed, academic publications are made freely available online. The author(s) retain(s) the copyright to the publication, but grants anyone with access to the Internet access to read and use it.

Often, OA rights are given through CC licenses

Why should you publish with Open Access? #

Making your publication Open Access has many advantages:

  • Your research becomes available for researchers and institutions that normally can’t afford to keep increasingly expensive journal subscriptions.
  • Because your research is more available and more visible than it would be in a subscription journal, it can make a larger impact in the academic environment. Open Access publications also tend to have more citations than publications in non-OA journals.
  • Your research is made available to the public and can influence the public discussion.
  • The institutions that provide funding for the research demand that the research is given Open Access. EU, ERC and The Research Council of Norway demand that their funded publications are made Open Access.

How do you publish with Open Access? #

There are three ways to Open Access:

Self-archiving (”Green OA”) #

You have already published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal and make a copy of the publication available in NTNU’s institutional archive, NTNU Open.

The copy archived in NTNU Open is usually your last manuscript draft, after peer-review but before publication. The majority of journals permits some kind of self-archiving. The NTNU University Library settles rights for Open Access with the individual journal / publisher.

Submit the fulltext document to CRIStin via “Submit fulltext document” after you have been given permission by all co-authors (if any) to do so.

Open Access publishing (”Gold OA”) #

This kind of Open Access implies that you publish directly in an open, peer-reviewed journal. We recommend that you publish in journals that are approved for level 1 or 2 in DBH’s database of publication channels and that also are registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ.

Making sure the journal you want to submit to is registered in DOAJ is important due to the increasing amount of questionable journals attempting to fool researchers into publishing their work in journals without a proper peer-review process. A list of questionable journals and publishers.

NTNU’s publication fund #

Many OA journals will publish articles without demanding a fee, while others demand an ”Article Processing Charge” (APC). If you wish to publish your work in a dutiable Open Access journal you can apply for funding through NTNU’s publication fund. The fund also supports authors who wish to publish Open Access books and book chapters.

”Hybrid Open Access” #

Many subscription journals give you the option of paying a fee to make your article Open Access. This often leads to double costs for the institution: first, the institution pays a subscription fee for the journal and pays a second fee to make your article Open Access in the same journal.

To avoid this, NTNU’s publishing fund does not support Hybrid Open Access.

Establish a journal or change an existing journal into Open Access #

The NTNU University Library offers the service NTNU Open Access Journals to researchers and academic environments that wish to establish a peer-reviewed OA journal or change an existing journal into Open Access.

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