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Open Access

Information for authors on the Libraries' investments to make open access publishing more affordable.

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open Access (OA) is free, web-based access to scholarly publications. OA is the principle that research should be readily available immediately after publication and to anyone with access to the Internet. It is a movement, a business model, and is improving the way scholarly information is shared.

What is an APC?

APC is an Article Processing Charge - a fee paid to a publisher to make a scholarly publication freely available to read online. 

Types of Open Access

Gold:  Gold OA refers to journals in which all articles and content are freely available to anyone with Internet access--without subscription fees--immediately upon publication.  These journals are either funded by their organizations or by fees charged to the author or institution to cover publication expenses.  Examples of Gold OA publishers include PLOS (Public Library of Science) and BioMed Central. 

Green: Green OA occurs when the publisher of a subscription journal grants the author the ability to self-archive their work for free public access. Authors are able to provide access to pre- or post-print versions of their work (with publisher permission) in an institutional or disciplinary archive such as UF's Institutional Repository or  

Hybrid: Hybrid journals are subscription journals whose publishers offer authors the option of making their individual articles open access for a fee.  This means that one or more articles in a hybrid OA journal may be freely available to anyone with Internet access while others are only available to those with a paid subscription.  

Bronze: Bronze articles are free to read on the publisher's website, without a license that grants any other rights and the articles can be removed unilaterally by the publisher.

Diamond/Platinum: Diamond journals and platforms do not charge fees to authors or readers. They are often community-driven, academic-led, and academic-owned publishing initiatives.



Contact the Open Access Committee at

UF Community: If you have any questions about publishing open access, APC discounts and waivers, or other open access topics

Publishers: If you have an OA initiative you would like the UF Libraries to consider

About the Open Access Committee

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