The scientific community has adopted a division of Open Access into two main types: Green and Gold. Almost everyone who has had contact with Open Access knows what lies behind these two terms. But apart from these, there are also other names, such as Hybrid OA, Gratis OA and Libre OA. What is hidden behind these terms? Below you will find a brief explanation, and links that should help you navigate better through the maze of definitions.
There has been some debate about delayed Open Access, if it can even be called Open Access, and whether this form of sharing research is more or less effective than immediate OA, especially in the context of the impact factor and citation level. This discussion is important as it focuses on the very essence of OA and the development of standards that should guide the publication of research in this model.
Open Access publishing is becoming an alternative and increasingly popular model for disseminating research papers. It offers three distinct models: Gold, Green, Libre (and numerous variants of all three). In the Gold Open Access, in simple terms, the author publishes the paper in an OA journal or a book, supported by OA publisher. The terms of publication are the same as in the case of traditional publishers, except that the published paper is freely available to the public. The Gold Open Access does not charge the reader and assigns the costs (APCs) to the author, although it should be noted […]
If you would like to publish a paper in Open Access model there are two paths to choose from. One – you can publish in Green Open Access, which means adding the paper to a specially prepared repository (self-archiving). Two – you can choose the Gold Open Access model and submit your article to an Open Access journal, where it will be corrected, peer-reviewed then published. Some notes about advantages and disadvantages of both ways you can find here. At this point I would like to briefly describe how to publish a paper in Open Access journal for those who […]
Open Access. This term is right now bandied about in various ways and analyzed from all possible perspectives – from a simple reduction, to defining a new model of publishing, growing in strength as a paradigm of thinking about science. This term is no longer only related to science but it also enters other spheres of social life and affects international organizations and public authorities. ‘About Open Access’ is becoming more vociferous and it is gaining in popularity. Without going into a whole discourse on the nature of this phenomenon, I decided to prepare a list of useful web links, […]
Gold Open Access as a publishing model requires funds. As the reader of the journal article has a free access to the content, someone has to cover the costs of publishing process. In this model it is commonly understood – the authors pay. To be published they need to cover APCs. However, it does not mean that they have to dig in their own pockets.