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Open Access

Information about open access, self-archiving and repositories.

Tip #4: Gold OA and APCs

Another way to make work open is by publishing in an open access journal. These typically do not require authors to sign over copyright. Instead, authors license the journal to publish in a manner that allows for free resharing. This means that researchers all over the world can access and share your article. Legally, your work must still be attributed to you.

While the accessibility of open access journals does much to address structural inequalities in scholarly publishing, a new problem emerges – the cost of publication, not recouped by subscription fees since the articles are available for free –are borne by authors. These fees to publish are often called APCs (Author/Article Processing Charge) and they can range in the thousands of dollars. At Dalhousie, we have negotiated agreements with some vendors in order to offer discounts to Dalhousie researchers publishing in eligible journals.

By taking advantage of these opportunities researchers might be able to make work OA that otherwise would be behind a paywall that blocks researchers without institutional access. More information on Dal’s APC discounts is available here