Open Access publishing

Open science and research have become an internationally significant method to promote the coverage and impact of science in the society. Open science means opening of research publications, data and methods. Open access refers to a form of online publishing in which a scientific publication is openly accessible and utilisable for everyone, without separate compensation. UEF, like many other universities and funders around the world, demands research results to be published with an open access (OA) within the limits of agreements and laws.

Open access of publications can be achieved via three routes:

  • Gold open access
  • Green open access
  • Hybrid publishing

Explore these open access publishing options.


SHERPA/RoMEO is a service for showing the copyright and open access self-archiving policies of academic journals. The database uses a colour-coding scheme to classify publishers according to their self-archiving policy. RoMEO contains publishers’ general policies on self-archiving of journal articles and certain conference series. The service provides a summary of the publisher’s policy, including what version of an article can be deposited, where it can be deposited, and any conditions that are attached to that deposit. RoMEO’s database covers over 22 000 journals.

Watch the videos about open access publishing:

Assignment in Moodle related to this section:

  1. Complete the Quiz 3: Open Access Publishing (see Module 4).

For more information:

How Open Is It? A short guide to help you to check the openness of journals. SPARC & PLOS. Harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories. Install Unpaywall to your browser (Firefox or Chrome). ImpactStory, National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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