Open Access journals
When an article is published directly in a high-quality publication channel and based on the principles of open science, a so-called Open Access publication, the publisher sometimes charges a writer’s fee. In such cases the publisher is responsible for the open access of the article and the article is immediately made available to all. This is a so-called Gold OA.
Some publishers of commercial journals offer writers the opportunity, against payment, to publish single articles in a form available to all. Other articles in the journal are available only to subscribers. An OA writer or her/his institution need to pay a writer’s fee, the size of which varies depending on the publisher and the journal.
Embargo refers to the quarantine period placed on the publication of the original work by the publisher; during this period you need to refrain from publishing any duplicates of your work.
APC, or article processing charge, refers to a fee used to cover e.g. the costs of publishing articles openly. Not all Open Access journals charge APCs.
Pre-print refers to the format in which the work was first submitted for peer review.
Post-print (also final draft or author-accepted version) refers to the format of the work following peer review, without the final page numbering and layout, logos etc. of the publisher.
Final published version (or publisher PDF) refers to the format of the work in which the publisher distributes it electronically.