Open access research includes research that is digital, free to access, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions found in traditional journal publishing. Check out the video "Open Access Explained" for more information.
When choosing your publication route, you may encounter the terms “green,” “gold,” and “hybrid” publishing.
Green open access is repository-based open access where an author self-archives a version of research in a repository like medRxiv, JScholarship (our institutional repository), PubMed Central, or other open access repositories. This route is normally free.
Gold open access is journal-based open access. These can be either fully open access or hybrid open access journals. Sometimes, but not always, a publisher might charge for ensuring the manuscript is published open access. Fully open access journals will be less costly for authors.
Hybrid open-access journals are subscription journals in which some of the articles are open access for a fee. The journal is not fully open access, but some publishers will refer to hybrid journals as "gold" open access.
Open access and subscription journals are similar in that they both should have peer-review processes in place, are owned and operated by commercial and and non-profit publishers, and should be indexed in proper indexing services.
Open access and subscription journals differ in which groups have access to journal content.
Researchers do have options to publish in 0-APC journals and/or self-archive work! Check out the Directory of Open Access Journals for APC information.
Evidence that Open Access publications have an 18% higher citation rate
Open Access research can be disseminated to as wide an audience as possible
Taxpayers often fund research that then goes behind a paywall. Open Access encourages return on investment