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Open Access: Green vs. Gold

The main and most permanent venues for open access are repositories and journals.

There are two main types of Open Access journals,

  • Green Open Access Journals that give authors permission to self-archive in some way:
    • usually in an institutional (DigitalCommons@Linfield) or disciplinary repository (arXiv). 
    • author pays a fee to have article published OA immediately in a subscription-based journal (Taylor & Francis Open Select).
  • Gold journals that provide immediate access to articles but the author or author's institution pays a fee at the time of publication (PLoS). The New Wave of Gold OA Journals.

Harnad, S. and others. (2012).  The Access/Impact Problem and the Green and Gold Road to Open Access: an update.


    Open Access: Gratis and Libre

    Free access and rights to re-use content.

    • Gratis refers to free access to online articles.
    • Libre includes Gratis and some re-use rights.

    Further reading about this ongoing discussion:


    Myths About Open Access

    These myths about open access are all FALSE.

    1. OA journals are not peer-reviewed
    2. All OA journals charge authors
    3. “Author pays” is a “vanity press” model
    4. OA violates copyright law
    5. OA literature is free to produce
    6. OA is a business model
    7. OA is a type of content or license
    8. OA is only about journal articles

    (Content from Isaac Gilman (2009) Open Access in 15 Minutes (or less), used under a Creative Commons Public Domain certification.)

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