You as a research have a couple of choices to make when wanting to publisg open access. You can choose to publish in an open access journal and you have two possibilities; you can choose the green way which means that you choose a journal which allows you to load you article in full text in your university’s publication database. The other way is the golden road; you choose a journal, which uses APC, article processing charge, a charge which you as an author pay to get your article published. This cost varies from journal to journal. APC is also the reason why there is a market for predatory open access journals. You should avoid publishing in these journals. Read more about predatory publishers.
The Swedish Research Council has just come with their suggestion for national guidelines for open access. They recommend the golden road instead of the green way. Will resources, which are now used at the libraries to subscribe journals, reallocated to pay for publishing? Will subscription costs decrease? Will the APC decrease?
We have written about open access demand to research data during this week. The Swedish research Council has a demand for data publishing plan and Horizon 2020 has a on-going pilot project about open access to research data. This blog post about research data from last year can be read again.
You are welcome to contact the library for more information and advice on how to make your publications open access.