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Open Access Information & Resources Guide

Green & Gold

  • Green OA publishing refers to the self-archiving of published or pre-publication works for free public use. Authors provide access to preprints or post-prints (with publisher permission) in an institutional or disciplinary archive 
  • Gold OA publishing refers to works published in an open access journal and accessed via the journal or publisher's website. Hybrid Journals offer authors the option of making their articles open access, for a fee. Hybrid journals are still fundamentally subscription journals with an open access option for individual articles. They are not true open access journals, despite publishers' use of the term "gold open access" to describe this arrangement