Open Access (OA) publishing means a form of online publishing that supports the free dissemination of scientific information. A scientific publication is openly accessible once it has been made available online to both the scientific community and the general public, free of charge and freely accessible.
Your research can be made open access in different ways:
Image: Publishing flowcharts at Uniarts for Open Access journals and subscription/hybrid journals. Click image to enlarge.
Open Access publishing increases the visibility, impact and openness of the research, the researcher and the university. Publishing Open Access also fulfills funder requirements and increases the number of citations.
Image: Benefits of Open Access, click to enlarge. By Danny Kingsley & Sarah Brown, CC BY.
The aim to advance open science and research can be seen in research funders' requirements.
The Academy of Finland requires that Academy-funded projects commit to ensuring immediate open access to their peer-reviewed articles in accordance with Plan S principles and Finland’s national policy for open access to scholarly publications.
In calls opened after January 1, 2021, AoF no longer allows OA publishing with the hybrid model. At Uniarts you can achieve Open Access in AoF funded projects by publishing in Gold OA journals or self-archiving (without embargo and with a CC license) in Uniarts repository Taju. Read more about AoF guidelines on Open Access to scientific publications.
European Research Council requires open access from ERC-funded projects.
Some journals have questionable motives for publishing, so make sure you choose your publication channel carefully. Questionable practices of some journals are not an issue related to Open Access only: established journals may have similar issues as the so-called predatory journals are accused of. See e.g. Bell, K. et al. (2018), Predatory Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6N58CK3D.
A large number of journals sending spam to researchers may either be so-called vanity publishers or downright fraudulent. Publishers like these usually have impressive websites featuring the logos of esteemed international organisations without any actual affiliation and made-up impact figures, in order to create a good impression.
Questionable publishers and journals are openly discussed in scientific communities online: you find the discussions by searching the name of the publisher and journal online. From the results you can usually determine if publishing your research with this publisher would be an academic merit or a threat to you.
If you're not sure about a journal, see section "Tools to check journal quality" above, or contact the library.
To support Open Access publishing in Gold OA journals, Uniarts is compensating APCs (Article Processing Charge) to Uniarts researchers in accordance with conditions below. At the same time, researchers are encouraged to self-archive articles published in subscription journals.
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify hybrid journals from Open Access journals, an issue which the video below aims to answer.
Open Access books (monographs) are published by both commercial publishers and university presses and other non-commercial publishers. Often, books based on author fees (see APC and BPC in the glossary) cost considerably more than articles, which is why the Uniarts centralized APC fund cannot be used to pay for OA books. However, if you are interested in publishing an OA book and the publication involves author fees, please contact the library by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although many OA book publishers charge author fees, there are also many publishers whose OA books are free of charge to authors. For example, Helsinki University Press and Tampere University Press in Finland do not charge author fees. Uniarts Helsinki's own publications are also open to all and free of charge.
Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow a copyright holder to express the terms under which their works are available for others to use.
The Policy for Open Access to Scholarly Publications by the national coordination for open science recommends the CC BY license. Usually Gold Open Access journals offer the CC BY license by default, but if a journal doesn't have a policy on CC licenses, it is worthwhile to ask about it before signing the publishing contract.
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