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Publishing Your Research

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How Open Is It?

Approaches to Open Access


Open Access models:

Delayed Open Access 

Free articles offered after a specified time period.  This time period can be anywhere from months to years. Delayed access helps preserve the subscription base for the publisher.


Short-term Open Access:

Access is provided to articles for a short period after publication.  After the specified period is over, articles are only available to subscribers.


Selected Open Access:

Selected articles are available freely while others require a subscription in order to be accessed. 


Hybrid Open Access:

The author is given the option to pay a publication charge to make their article Open Access immediately upon publication.  Access to articles by authors who choose not to pay require a subscription.


Partial Open Access

The journal offers access to their primary research articles for free, but access to value added content such as review articles or editorials requires a subscription.


Total Open Access 

The articles in the journal are completely unrestricted and accessible. Article processing fees are required to cover the costs of peer review and online publication and are plaid by the author or the author's institution, or by the author's research grant.  Many open access journals offer institutional memberships whereby article processing fees can be either reduced or waived based on membership level.

Adapted from the University of Minnesota's "Approaches to open access", which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License)

What's a Creative Commons License?

What's a Creative Commons License?


Many OERs use Creative Commons Licenses to communicate just how "open" the resource is.

Copyright law grants, by default, "all rights reserved" to authors (or other copyright holders) to protect their claim to a work and profits generated from it.

Creative Commons is a popular way for copyright holders to modify these rights to allow others to reuse, modify, distribute, or even profit from their works without asking permission.  The works are still copyrighted and must be cited when used as an information source in a research paper, but the author has opted to allow others to use the work within selected restrictions.  

The particular combination of restrictions is selected by the copyright holder and is usually represented in code and/or image.  For example, 


This license specifies that you may modify, distribute, and reuse the work as long as you give attribution (credit) to the original author and you use the work non-commercially.

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