Open access (OA) can be defined as content that is “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” (Suber 2012)
Some of the benefits of OA include:
While this page has a focus on OA articles, other research outputs can be published OA as well. Read more about OA benefits and debunking common myths in the article Benefits of publishing your work open access: debunking myths.
The NorthEast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), which the University of Pittsburgh is a member of, has a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) that will waive article processing charges (APCs) for open access articles that meet the following eligibility criteria:
See CUP's guide to learn more about how publishing open access under this agreement works.
NOTE: Other uncommon fees and publication charges not related to open access, such as page charges, may not be covered under this agreement. Carefully read the journal’s policies and instructions for authors before submitting your manuscript.
Bioscientifica allows corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh to receive a 50% discount on open-access charges when choosing the gold open-access option in subscription journals. HSLS subscribes to all 5 of their subscription journals. See the Hybrid (subscription) journals section on Bioscientifica's website for more information.
Open access generally uses Creative Commons (CC) licensing to manage copyright. This is part of the journal submission process, ensuring authors get credit for their work and clearly defining any terms related to usage of that work.
There are six CC licenses:
Need help choosing a license? The Creative Commons License Chooser can help make suggestions based on your needs.
Although you can visit a journal's website directly to find the terms relating to OA, you can also locate this information on SHERPA Romeo. This is a database that allows you to search by journal title, ISSN, or publisher name to view a summary of their OA policies. This includes any applicable publication fees, copyright ownership, embargo information, and more (when applicable). Additionally, you can browse by country or publisher rather than searching for a specific journal or publisher.
Although you can visit a funder's website directly to find the terms relating to OA, you can also locate this information on SHERPA Juliet. This is a database that allows you to search by funder/institution name to view any policies or requirements on open access, publication, and data archiving.