Have you searched Google Scholar or even one of the OHIO Libraries' databases and have hit a pay wall? That's because information, research- even yours, costs money. Subscription-based journals cost a fee to access and either you pay that or your library does. Open Access means anyone can read that article, anytime, anywhere. So then the fee is on the author or other source.
According to recent research, Open Access articles receive on average 18% more citations than non Open Access articles (Piwowar, 2018)
Did you know? 80% of journals will allow you to make your paper Open Access for FREE in Research Commons (sherpa.ac.uk/romeo)
|Gold Open Access||Green Open Access|
Free public access to the final, published article
Access is immediate and permanent
Free to publish access to a version of your article
Time delay may apply (embargo period)
|Fee||Fee is paid for by the author, or on their behalf by a funding body or other source||No fee, costs are often covered by library subscriptions|
|Use||Determined by your license||
Authors retain the right to use their articles for a wide range of purposes
Open versions of your article should have a user license attached
Publish in open access journal
Publish in a journal that supports open access as an option (a hybrid journal)
Link to your article
Selected journals feature open archives
Self-archived a version of your article, perhaps in a repository
Some funders demand a certain level of access and you will need to comply with their policies for accessibility of your work, data, etc.
Image: Sherer, L. (2020). Presentation for Ohio University Libraries.