What is open access publishing?

Open access publishing of academic journals constitutes a major change in the way research outputs are disseminated and the economic structure that supports this process. The key change in this process is that rather than charging subscribers for the right to access journals, their content is made available free via the internet. One way this can be achieved is by the 'author pays' model, where the author, their institution or funding body pays a publication fee, to support the cost of editing, peer review and electronic publication. In addition to this method, publishers are considering a number of other options, including revenue generation through advertising.

This method of publication is sometimes referred to as the 'gold road' to open access as it offers the most effective means of disseminating research outputs to the global community.

There are a number of 'gold' journals currently available. Examples of these include: New Journal of Physics (published by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft and the Institute of Physics) as well as the collection of journals published by Biomed CentralPhysMath Central and Chemistry Central.

For a listing of open access journals, see the Directory of Open Access Journals.

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