Open access articles are free to all readers and not hidden behind paywalls.
Almost any article that you publish can be uploaded to Digital Commons.
To have your articles added to Digital Commons, please contact:
Linh Gavin Do (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There are three types of open access and Digital Commons can host any of these categories of open access
|Gold: Articles that are completely free on the publishers’ websites. When most people think of open access, they are thinking of gold open access. In many cases authors pay article processing charges that can range from $500 to $5,000. Example of a gold open access article in Digital Commons.|
|Bronze: This category refers to the most common mechanism for Open Access. These are “articles made free-to-read on the publisher website, without an explicit Open license.”|
Hybrid: Open access articles that appear in traditional, subscription based journals. Authors are required to pay an article processing charge to make their articles open access.
|Green: This category which is also known as self-archiving provides authors with the option of uploading the full-text of published articles that are hidden behind paywalls to institutional repositories like Digital Commons. Example of a green open access article in Digital Commons.|
Adding Green Open Access Articles to Digital Commons
Here are some advantages of Green open access:
What version of my article can I self-archive to Digital Commons?
You can upload the accepted (peer reviewed) version of your manuscript without the publisher's pagination and typesetting.
How long is the embargo period for self-archiving/green open access?
Embargo periods vary by publishers and can range from 0-24 months depending on the subject matters. Here are policies from the major journal publishers.
|Publisher||Embargo for publishing Accepted (peer-reviewed) manuscript|
|Elsevier||12-36- Search for your journal with the embargo finder for exact information.|
|Wiley||12 months for STEM fields and 24 months.|
|Taylor & Francis||Use the journal finder to find the embargo period for your journal. In most cases
there is an 18 month embargo for social sciences & humanities journals and 12 months for STEM fields.
Zero embargo for Library & Information Science journals.
|Sage||No embargo period!|
|Oxford University Press||Check the directory for your journal. In most cases there is a 24 month embargo for social sciences & humanities journals and 12 months for STEM fields.|
|Cambridge University Press||Zero embargo for social sciences & humanities journals and 6 months for STEM fields.|
|Emerald||Zero embargo (can be self-archived as soon as the article appears on Emerald’s website).|
You can also contact your journal’s publisher to learn about self-archiving policies.
Another option is search for your journal in the Sherpa Romeo website which aggregates green open access/self-archiving policies for several journals.