Practice open access
This page mainly refers to open access publishing as it relates to journal articles.
There are two ways to make articles available in open access, commonly referred to as Green and Gold open access.
Green Open Access
The author takes the initiative to make their article published in a subscription journal openly available by placing a version of it online in an open repository, often referred to as self-archiving.
Generally speaking, in academic publishing, there are three “versions” of the article:
the version you submit to the journal
the version that has been revised following peer review
the final version published by the journal
|The peer-reviewed version is usually the one you may post online, keep this version when publishing your article.|
Publishers rarely allow the final version to be posted. Use Sherpa/Romeo to verify your journal’s policy and whether an embargo is required.
You can then deposit the permitted version in the University of Ottawa’s institutional repository, uO Research. Instructions on depositing your work quickly and easily can be found on the uO Research website under "Deposit your Research".
You may also use a subject or disciplinary repository, depending on the journal's policy. Usually you are not permitted to post on commercial sites so uploading your article to Academia.edu and ResearchGate may violate the journal policy.
Always check the particular journal policy before posting your article. You can learn more about your rights as an author, including how to keep your copyright.
Gold open access
Publishing directly in open access. In other words, the publisher is responsible for making final published version of the article openly available online.
There are two types of gold open access journals. Fully open access journals are journals in which all content of the journal is available in open access. Hybrid journals are subscription journals that provide authors the option to choose to pay for their article (and only their article) to be available in open access.
As in subscription publishing, some open access journals are affiliated with large commercial publishers, some are affiliated with academic societies, while others are smaller or independent journals and may be affiliated with academic institutions or departments.
Similarly there are different economic models for open access publishing. Some journals may charge a fee for publishing, while others may not. There are also models whereby an author is a member of a publishing platform, provides a peer-review in return for no-fee open access publishing, or the cost of publishing is covered by collective funding from libraries and other organizations.
If there is a cost associated with open access publishing, you can include this amount in your request for grant funding or take advantage of the financial support offered by the Library.