Usually publications are made accessible through open access by either publishing directly in an open access journal, known as 'gold' open access, or by 'self archiving' by the author which is also known as 'green' open access.
An author can choose to self archive publications in their institutional repository, such as the Research Outputs Repository, or in a discipline specific repository like PubMed Central, or in another type of open access website.
“I am pleased that papers I have published as Open Access can be read by anyone, anywhere, anytime. This means that my work can be integrated and cited in future publications, which is really important”.
-- Dr Hannah Keage, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Gold OA material is free to access but not free to produce. The publishing business model moves the cost of publication (and access) away from the reader but towards the author or research funder. Fees can vary greatly from free to up to $4000 depending on the publication and the discipline. For a guide to publisher’s OA prices, see the list produced by University of California Berkeley Library. Please consult individual publisher’s websites for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
UniSA Library does not subsidise author publishing costs for any OA journals or publishers and does not have institutional membership to any OA publisher, except for the 2 publishers listed here:
Check your research funding conditions regarding open access and article processing charges as this may be an acceptable expense
Gold open access
Green open access
Variations on the green and gold open access models are usually determined by the publisher or based on the fee paid for publishing in an OA journal. Examples include:
Hybrid open access
Delayed open access