Astrid Bovell on November 21st, 2013
Sometimes our discipline requires us to publish in a particular type of journal that may not be available for open access. Sometimes, after it’s published, we have a desire to make our research available for open access – either because it’s a personal desire, or it may be the case that your university or research company places importance on making your research available. Different publishers have different models for Open Access and you might remember last week I said I would explain more about the different Open Access Publishing models. Well, here it is in a nutshell:
White Model – Your publisher has all or some of significant rights to your work and you cannot make any versions of your work available online for open access without their permission (and possible a fee).
Yellow Model – Your publisher has some rights to your work but allows you to make the draft version (“Pre-print” i.e. prior to review) available for open access online via a repository.
Blue Model – Your publisher has some rights over your work, but generously allow you to have the final version (“Post-print” i.e post review) or may even allow a pdf of the published version of the article to be made available for open access through a repository.
Green Model – Your publisher may have some rights over your work but allows you to make your pre-print version available for open access in a repository but will also allow you to make either your post-print version (depending on the publisher – maybe even the pdf of the published version) available online for open access as well.
Gold Model – Your work is published directly into an Open Access journal (may or may not come at a cost to publish, however often this payment is taken out of funding as a research expense).
Which model your publisher uses will depend on your publisher. If making your research available is important to you or your university, then this is just another reason why it’s a good idea to research carefully who you would like to publish with. Most publishers these days advise in their ‘Author’s Guidelines’ what they allow you to do. So before you publish your research, find out what your publisher will allow you to do with your research once it’s been published.
Fund-raising and self-publishing (the open source way). Part one by opensource.com and Paull Young (CC BY-SA 3.0)