When you publish OA you retain the copyright of the publications and the research data but allow users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search in or link to the full text version free of charge.
There is significant evidence to suggest that publishing your work Open Access leads to wider readership, increased downloads and ultimately more citations.
It is widely recognized that making research results more accessible to all societal actors contributes to better and more efficient science, and to innovation in the public and private sectors.
Several research funders require the work to be Open Access in order to provide funding. Non-compliance with funding conditions could potentially affect future grants.
- The Research Council: Open Science
- Calls for proposals in 2020 will stipulate that articles based on projects funded by the Research Council are to be made immediately accessible.
- The Policy on Open Access to Research Data aims to ensure that research data are accessible to relevant users, on equal terms, and at the lowest possible cost. Projects that receive funding from the Research Council are to assess the need to draw up a data management plan.
- European Research Council
- Open access to published output of research and the basic principle of open access to research data is a fundamental part of the ERC mission.
- European Commission
- The Commission supports open access in its framework programmes. All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding are required to make sure that any peer-reviewed journal article they publish is openly accessible, free of charge.
- For details of how open access applies to beneficiaries in projects funded under Horizon 2020, please see the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data and/or the Guidelines on data management.
- Plan S
- “With effect from 2021*, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”
- Stiftelsen DAM
- Vitenskapelige artikler fra forskning finansiert av Stiftelsen Dams skal gjøres åpent tilgjengelige.
- The project’s research results are to be made available through open access within six (6) months of publication.
- Research-generated data shall be considered available to the general public after the Project has been concluded, unless special circumstances indicate otherwise, or terms of contract or public regulations prevent it.
- The SHERPA Juliet service also provides a searchable database of funders' policies and their requirements on open access, publication and data archiving.
Check that the journal you intend to publish in is compliant with your funder's OA Policy
- Publisher policies may be available via the SHERPA Romeo Service or you can contact the publisher directly.
- When submitting an article for publication an author may encounter a variety of agreements or licences. These licences define the rights that the author retains in their article and any subsequent use of that article.
- Whether retaining copyright or not, it is important to read publishing agreements carefully to check that they allow the final author manuscript (accepted version) to be self-archived in the Institutional Repository. Please keep a copy of all agreements signed with publishers/conference organisers as it may be useful to consult these for items you submit.
a. Standard copyright transfer licence
Terms will vary but this will generally assign copyright to the publisher. The majority of publisher agreements will now permit authors to deposit a version of their papers in repositories, although they may include an embargo period.
- Licence to publish: Although journal publishers often invite authors to sign a standard copyright assignment form, when asked if they have a “licence to publish” form, they may provide one. A licence to publish form should permit authors to retain copyright over the content of their work.
- Adding an addendum: Other publishers may not have a “licence to publish” form; in such cases authors may add an addendum to the publisher’s assignment form in order to retain copyright over their work. Sources of text for the addendum are the SPARC addendum and the European Commission's addendum.
- Open Access Publishing Agreements: These agreements usually permit the author to retain copyright and stipulate the distribution of the paper under a Creative Commons licence.
OsloMet is part of several national consortia deals with academic publishers (offsetting deals). Offsetting deals are exploratory models in the shift from subscription to OA publishing.
Some deals offer discounts on article processing charges (APCs) while other deals cover the APCs in full. To be eligible for discounts or payment of the APC:
- The corresponding author must be affiliated with OsloMet
- Register Oslo Metropolitan University as your affiliation during submission and/or when signing a publication agreement (can be referred to as "License Agreement", "Publishing Agreement", "publishing contract").
Check first if the journal is part of one of the Publisher Deals.
- About the funding scheme (The publication fund)
- Application form for coverage of article processing charges (APC) (.DOCX)
If you want your research data published in a journal, you should check whether the journal is included in the financial system for scientific publications.
Feel free to apply early in the publication process to allow for an easier and faster case processing.
The author archives (deposits) the published article or the final peer-reviewed manuscript in an online repository before, at the same time as, or after publication. Some publishers request that open access be granted only after an embargo period has elapsed.
Upload a version of your research article in Cristin. Research results are made available in OsloMet's open repository, ODA, in compliance with copyright and licenses.
Publication in an open journal or book that ensures access through a license allowing reuse. The journals are financed by third parties or covered by author publication charges (APCs) levied on researchers or their funding institutions. The Portal, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), provides a complete overview of Open Access journals. To be included in DOAJ, the journal has to be peer reviewed and its contents have to be accessible.
Authors deposit their articles into freely accessible digital archives after they have been published in traditional subscription-funded journals. At OsloMet the articles are deposited in the open archive ODA.
Hybrid Open Access:
Hybrid Open Access is a model combining revenue from subscription fees and publishing fees. It provides authors of accepted research articles in subscription journals with the opportunity of making their articles available immediately following the publication through the payment of an article fee (APC). The OsloMet Publishing Fund does not cover expenses related to hybrid open access.
The institution becomes more visible and the published research results can be used for marketing of funding bodies and prospective students or employees.
When a number of research institutions worldwide choose to publish Open Access, research results become a common good which may help accelerate research progress.