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Open-Access publishing

When an article is published Open Access (OA), anyone with an Internet connection can read it free of charge. The peer-review process is the same as for traditional publishing, but the author – and not the publisher – is the copyright holder and gets to decide where else to share the final article after it is published. These advantages of OA publishing increase the article’s visibility, downloads, citations, and impact.

Find out below how to publish OA at a discount or even for free, how to publish OA in high-quality journals in your field, and how to make your non-OA publications visible and openly accessible after all.

Do you have any questions or would you like guidance in publishing your work OA? Please contact the information specialist of your faculty or send your question to the Research Support Desk. They will gladly help you.

UT journal browser: select a journal for Open-Access publishing, based on costs and quality

The UT Journal Browser presents more than 30.000 scientific journals. It lets you search for (terms in) journal title, sort the outcome by impact, and select journals in which you can publish Open Access (OA) for free or at a discount as a corresponding UT author. When you click on a journal’s title, you will see your options for OA publishing and for presenting your publications in this journal openly accessible in UT Research Information, you will see any discounts for corresponding UT authors, and impact metrics for the selected journal.

  • UT Journal Browser | search for journals that let corresponding UT authors publish OA for free or at a discount, and sort them by impact score
How to publish Open-Access for free or at a discount

Are you the corresponding author of an article that states University of Twente as your affiliation? Then you can publish OA for free or at a discount in almost 8000 journals, thanks to national agreements between VSNU (the association of universities in the Netherlands) and several publishers. To ensure participation, use your utwente email address when you submit the article, and when asked, indicate that you do want to publish OA.

Almost 8000 additional OA journals that are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are currently not charging publishing costs. If the journal is not covered by a national agreement, you may be eligible for an OA Publishing Grant from the university’s Open Science Fund.

The UT Journal Browser presents more than 30.000 scientific journals and lets you select journals in your field in which you can publish OA for free or at a discount as a corresponding UT author. It also shows your options for OA publishing and impact metrics for each journal.

  • Workflows per publisher | how to ensure OA publishing for free or at a discount
  • Open Science Fund | how to apply for a reimbursement of 50% or 100% of the cost of publishing in an OA journal
  • UT Journal Browser | search for journals that let corresponding UT authors publish OA for free or at a discount, and sort them by impact score
How to publish Open-Access in high-quality journals

If you want to publish OA in high-quality journals in your field, consider OA-specific quality criteria and the impact factor of a journal.

 

The OA peer-review process is the same as for traditional publishing, so to recognize high-quality OA journals, consider the standard criteria for evaluating any scientific journal (e.g., intrinsic quality of articles in the journal, scope and audience, selectivity, peer-review process, writing quality, editorial committee). When an OA journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, it meets OA-specific quality criteria, and even stricter ones when it received the DOAJ Seal of Approval. You can search the directory for journals in your field. However, to assess content quality, it is important to evaluate the journal based on the standard criteria above.

More and more OA journals have an impact factor. Journal Citation Reports lets you search for OA journals with a high impact factor in your field. You can also use the UT Journal Browser to find out if the subscription journals with a high impact factor in your field offer an OA option for free or at a discount.

The UT Journal Browser presents more than 30.000 scientific journals and lets you sort the results by impact factor. It also shows your options for OA publishing, any discounts for corresponding UT authors, and impact metrics for each journal.

How Open-Access publishing helps researchers

OA publishing increases the visibility of your research. More people have access to your work, so more people download your publication. This means that more people cite your work, which increases the impact of your research.

When you publish OA, you remain the copyright holder of your work. This means that after your work is published, you can share your own work as you wish, for instance by offering it OA in UT Research Information.

How UT Research Information helps researchers

UT Research Information showcases research output, information about researchers, activities, press/media, prizes and research units of the University of Twente. To add your publications to UT Research Information, you need to upload them to Pure Research Information. By doing so: 

  • your non-OA publications are openly accessible after all,
  • all your publications are easily found by search engines such as Google Scholar, are more visible and have more impact; 
  • your publications are sustainably available in the National Library of the Netherlands; and
  • you abide by the University of Twente’s OA policy.

If your work was originally published OA, then upload the final pdf of your publication. If your work was originally published non-OA, then upload the author version as well. That is the final version of the text (after changes based on peer review and editorial comments), but without the layout of the publisher. Why? The University Library is only allowed to offer OA to the author version of non-OA publications, with a possible embargo period during which OA to your work is not allowed. Don’t worry about this when you upload your work: The University Library will perform a copyright check and set the embargo period for your publication when necessary.

Questions?

Do you have any questions or would you like guidance in publishing your work OA?

More information

Are you looking for background information on OA publishing? This pdf describes:

  • Gold and green Open Access
  • Non-OA, hybrid, and OA journals
  • Why publishing in OA journals is preferred over publishing in hybrid journals
  • Why OA publishing is preferred over non-OA publishing
  • What you may not realize concerning cost and copyright
  • When you published non-OA: Copyright and self-archiving policies of publishers and funders
  • Other ways to evaluate OA journals

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