Open Access Publishing in UT

Many research funders require the Open Access publishing of research articles (e.g., the requirements by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020). There are three acceptable ways for meeting these requirements:

1. Self-archiving (Green Open Access) – making the article accessible in a repository of your choice:

As a rule, commercial publishers allow the archiving of a pre-print or post-print manuscript in parallel with its publication in a journal; however, the conditions for archiving have to be checked and a possible embargo should be followed. 

Check the conditions:

2. Publishing in an OA journal (Gold Open Access). For the APC-Article Processing Charge, a peer-reviewed article is made immediately accessible for all free of charge in an Open Access journal via the publisher’s web page. The background of open access journals has, when possible, always to be carefully checked, as the so-called predatory publishers also use the principles of OA publishing.

Check the background of journals and the possibilities for publishing by using:

3. Publishing in a Hybrid Open Access journal. An article is immediately made openly accessible in a journal with a licence agreement. Recognised commercial publishers also allow open access publishing, but require that the authors pay the publication fee (APC of about 3000€). With this publishing model, the taxpayers’ money is spent twice – for the subscription for access to the publication, and for publishing in the journal, paid from the grant or project finances. Depending on the conditions of the licence agreement, the publisher may reduce the OA publication fees. Archiving of the manuscript in a repository – Green OA – is also allowed as a rule. 

The following OA publishing platforms can be used at the University of Tartu:

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