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What is Gold Open Access – useful links

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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 that an increasing number of OA publishers waive these charges. So, if you are thinking of publishing your paper or a book in the Gold model, you will find below a number of useful links that will help you make the best of it.

 Definitions of Open Access

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

About Open Access (in general)

Open Access Overview – this is an introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept, prepared by Peter Suber. You can find here a lot of useful information about open access in general, as well as about Green (repositories) and Gold (journals) OA, licenses, business models and historical perspective.

Open Access Directory – a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large.

Open Access Wikipedia – a well-prepared and comprehensive post on Wikipedia about open access from different perspectives.

Gold Open Access – explanation:

Open Access: An Introduction – an interesting article on Ercim News shortly explaining the main differences between Gold, Green, Libre and other Open Access models.

Open Access definitions and clarifications, part 2: Gold and Green – an article on which briefly explaining the main differences between Gold and Green Open Access and provides useful information about their advantages and disadvantages.

 Green, Blue, Yellow, White & Gold. A brief guide to the open access rainbow – a short document with definitions and differences between these models.

Open Access Funding Models, Golden Road, Developements Elsewhere – an article about Gold Open Access, funds, APCs, etc.

 Directory of Open Access Journals – database of OA journals (Gold OA).

Directory of Open Access Books – database of OA books

Gold Open Access – reports:

 Wiley survey on Open Access: Wiley report about publishing in Open Access model.

“Proportion of Open Access peer-reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels-2004-2011″ – report on increasing number of scientific articles published in Open Access, including Gold Open Access

“A longitudinal comparison of citation rates and growth among open access journals” by David J Solomon, Mikael Laakso and Bo-Christer Björk about citations of Open Access articles.

Open Access Survey: Exploring the views of Taylor & Francis and Routledge authors – report about authors’ opinion on publishing in Open Access.

 “The citation advantage of open access articles” – citation level of OA articles.

 Gold Open Access funds:

Open Access Funding

University of California

Oregon State University

University of Miami

University of Liège

University of Iowa 

University of Cambridge

University of Lund

Northern Illinois University

University of Warwick

UCSF Library

University of Zurich

The Wellcome Library Fund

Of course, this list does not include all the resources related to Gold Open Access. On the Internet you can also find a large number of analyzes, reports and research on the subject. Besides, almost every university and research institute, which supports Open Access, has a page dedicated to information on both Gold and Green OA. If I missed or forgot about an important source, please, let me know and write it in the comments, and I will add them to the list.

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  1. Thanks for this helpful post. One correction, though: “[Open access] offers three distinct models: Gold, Green, Libre”. Gold and Green are different ways of achieving open access (either by something the publisher does, or something the author does, respectively). But Libre (and its complement, Gratis) refer to different degrees of openness, and are orthogonal to the Gold/Green axis. A Gratis work is free to read, while a Libre work is also free to reuse and remix. So it’s possible to have four papers that are Gold Libre, Green Libre, Gold Gratis and Green Gratis.

    Hope this helps.

    1. @Mike Taylor, thanks for the clarification. When I wrote about OA models I was trying to enclose topic in the simple way, however, without doubt, your comment compliments my introduction and makes it more clear. Thanks again.

  2. Kamil,
    Thanks for this very helpfull overview. May I suggest another resource: DOAB, the Directory of Open Access Books (, a discovery service for peer reviewed OA books. DOAB currently lists almost 1600 books from 54 publishers. It is not only a good way to find OA books, but also to find OA book publishers from all over the world.
    And I also suggest that you add your blog Open Science!

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