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Understanding Gold Open Access
Gold open access is delivered through publication by an open access publisher, as a journal article or a book. To subsidize publishing costs associated with peer review and printing, some journals may require payment from authors in the form of an article processing charge (APC). However, the majority of open access journals publish articles at no cost. The benefit of gold open access is the potential to share your research on a professional platform that is optimized to be discoverable ;and is displayed in the final published typeset. The transfer of cost to the author is the primary obstacle for researchers pursuing gold open access.
Where to Publish
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides an index to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, most traditional publishers such as Elsevier, Wiley, and Springer also provide open access options.
Includes journals in humanities subjects: classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, to political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and new media studies, and digital humanities. The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organization dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).
An initiative from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), TOME seeks to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members through open access editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.
Luminos is University of California Press’ new Open Access publishing program for monographs. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production, and marketing as our traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared.
Publishes open access academic research in the humanities and social sciences. Books are published as hardback and e-books. All books include a free online edition that can be read via the website, downloaded, reused, or embedded.
Promotes open access scholarship in journals, books, and exploring new forms of scholarly communication. Open Humanities Press is an international, scholar-led open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought available worldwide.
Think! Check! Submit!
Whether deciding to publish in a traditional or open access journal, it is important to carefully evaluate the credibility of the publisher and the journal. See Evaluating Publishing Options for more information on what characteristics to look for.
Open access publishing still requires finding ways to fund operating costs. Many journals are supported by an institution or sponsor, but the most well known method of support is through Article Processing Charges (APCs), modeled after traditional page charges. Rather than charging the reader or institutions to access content, publishers generate revenue by requiring authors to pay an APC, ranging from a few hundred dollars, to upward of $5,000 depending on the journal. However, most open access journals do not charge authors an APC or have a waiver option for those who cannot afford to pay. (Suber, 2006) (Crawford, 2015).
As many funding agencies require researchers to make their published work and accompanying data sets openly accessible, authors may receive financial assistance from the agency to cover APCs. SHERPA/JULIET provides the open access policy of various funding organizations.
Hybrid Open Access
Authors publishing in subscription journals may be offered the option to make only their article open access for a fee (usually through an article processing charge). This is referred to as "hybrid open access." Such practices raise concerns about publishers double-dipping, whereby libraries are charged a subscription cost for material that authors previously paid to be freely available online. Most subscription journal publishers have an open access option - check the journal's website for details.
ASU has a current site license agreement with PNAS, which grants corresponding authors from ASU a $500 discount ($4,975 compared to the regular $5,475). Note that all PNAS articles are freely available 6 months after publication.
ASU Library has an Annual Institutional Membership, providing unlimited publishing with no additional fees for eligible authors. If you submit to any PeerJ journal using a recognized affiliated email, and are the Corresponding or Admin author of the submission, we will recognize you as eligible to publish using the Annual Institutional Membership.
Some funding agencies will allow these charges to be paid from grant funds, but of course, not all authors are funded. Many publishers will grant a waiver of the APC upon request if the author is not able to pay, so it is always worth checking to see if that’s a possibility. In addition, there are other ways you can make your work openly available for free.
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