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Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is open and free access to published scholarly articles for all with access to the Internet. There are three main ways to publish OA: gold, green and hybrid OA.

  • Gold OA is publishing scholarly articles in pure Open Access scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Green OA is the same as self-archiving and you can read more about this on the page we have dedicated to this issue.
  • Hybrid OA is when scholarly journals present writers with the possibility of paying a certain fee (often called APCs – Article Processing Charges) to publish an article Open Access.

How to publish Open Access

Check if the journal or publisher you would like to publish in is registered as an authorized publication channel in the  Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. You can also use the register to identify open access journals and publishers within a scientific field. If the journal is not registered at all you can submit it for approval (the library can help you with this).

You should also check whether the journal is registered in the  Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

If the journal demands that you pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) – you may send an application to the HINN Open Access Publication Fund
This fund is administered by the library. Apply by filling out the following form:

HINN has arranged open access memberships and agreements with several publishers. Some agreements allow authors to publish their articles open access without requiring further payment to the publisher, and others entitle authors to a discounted open access fee / article processing charge (APC). Read more about the publishing deals

For a short introduction to Open Access you can watch this entertaining video from PhD Comics: