What is Open Access?

“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.”

(Source: Suber, Peter.  2004. A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access. Retrieved from http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm on September 6, 2015.)

What is “Predatory Publishing”?

The Blog Scholarly Open Access provides information and analysis regarding open access publishing and predatory publishing.  The blog also provides “Beals List” of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”  While there is some controversy about this concept, it is the intent to fund articles that are published in reputable journals, thus the emphasis on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

What is ORCHID?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.” 

(Source: Retrieved from http://orcid.org/ on September 6, 2015.)

What is a “CC BY” license?

"CC BY” license is from Creative Commons which “lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.”

(Source: Retrieved from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ on September 6, 2015).

Why does the fund not pay for hybrid OA journals author charges?

A hybrid open access journal is a journal that makes some articles in a subscription journal open access upon payment of an additional fee.  Many Open Access Funds originally paid these charges in the hope that publishers would make the transition to Open Access for these journals.  As many of these have not made the transition, it no longer makes sense to pay article charges for these journals.

Can I archive my own articles even if published in a subscription journal?

It Depends.  Authors can still adopt an open access publishing practice by self-archiving post-prints from commercial publishers, subject to the conditions specified within copyright agreements. This method of open access, known as Green Open Access, is endorsed by many publishers.  Sherpa/Romeo provides a searchable index of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

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