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Open Access Primer

How to publish your article open access

  • How to make your own work open access - Detailed overview by Peter Suber, a philosopher, scholarly communication scholar, and founding signatory of the Budapest Open Access Initiative; focusing on peer-reviewed research articles and their unrefereed preprints.  
  • SHERPA/RoMEO (Publisher copyright policies & self archiving) Use this source to see what version you can deposit in the institutional or subject repository of your choice, i.e., pre-print (pre-refereed), post-print (final draft, post-refereed, but prior to publisher formatted, final version), and publisher version/PDF (final version). 
  • "Why support open access publishing? Gender, discipline, seniority and other factors associated with academics' OA practice" by Yimei Zhu. Scientometrics (2017) 111:557-579  -- This OA article, based on a small UK survey, suggests differences in OA practices between universities, disciplines, ages, gender, and seniority.

Retain Your Rights

One way to retain rights to your own work is to request that your publisher accept more favorable conditions by using an author addenda, instead of simply accepting the license presented to you once your article has been accepted. Since most authors are interested in publishing and are not prepared to negotiate contracts, these examples can be very helpful. Remember that publishers need your content and it is reasonable to retain the rights to your own publications so that you don't have to request permission to use your own work in another way, including the right to deposit in an OA repository or in a digital course pack.

Using Creative Commons Licensing

  • Creative Commons (CC) and its Global Affiliate Network promote a range of CC licenses that help you legally share your knowledge ... to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.
  •  CC licenses are public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. 
  • A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.
  • Read FAQ for more details. 
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