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Publish Open Access - the agreements with publishers: Glossary

Everything you always wanted to know about open access

Glossary

  • APC / Article Processing Charge / Author's fee:
    Article Processing Charge: a sum that an academic pays for the open access publication of his/her article. Also called author's fee.
     
  • Big deal contract:
    a bulk contract between universities and a publisher which arranges upfront payment for publishing articles so that individual researchers don't have to pay when choosing to publish in an open access journal from that publisher.
     
  • Diamond open access:
    diamond open access differs from gold open access in that the costs of editing, peer review, online publication, hosting, etc., are borne by an institution, fund or collaborative arrangement.
     
  • Double dipping:
    a publisher receives an open access publication fee from the author and also charges customers (libraries) a subscription fee for the same article 
     
  • Gold open access:
    'pay-to-publish': publications are made available online through the publishers' own platforms. That usually means the publisher is paid in advance to make an article freely accessible immediately.
     
  • Green open access:
    also called 'self-archiving': archiving a version of the article somewhere other than the publisher’s website where the final version of the article is hosted. E.g. on your profile page via Pure.
     
  • Hybrid journal:
    some of the articles can only be read by subscribers and some can be read by anyone via open access.
     
  • Open Access:
    free and open online access to academic information such as publications and data.
     
  • Open Access journal
    the articles are full-text available to readers at no cost. Instead, the author is charged with a fee (called an APC) for publishing an article. This contrasts with conventional journals for which the reader has to pay for a subscription, usually via a library.
     
  • Q1 journals 
     the Journal Citation Reports provide yearly rankings of scientific journals. The first quartile (Q1) represents the top 25% journals within a subject category. 
     
  • Quartile
    in the Journal Citation Reports every journal has an indication in which quartile it belongs.
     
  • Self-archiving:
    also called 'Green open access': archiving a version of the article somewhere other than the publisher’s website where the final version of the article is hosted. E.g. on your profile page via Pure.