Publish with Open Access

Information on how and why you should publish with Open Access.

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What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) means that peer-reviewed, academic publications are made freely available online. The author(s) retain(s) the copyright to the publication, but grants anyone with access to the Internet access to read and use it.

Often, OA rights are given through CC licenses

Why should you publish with Open Access?

Making your publication Open Access has many advantages:

  • Your research becomes available for researchers and institutions that normally can’t afford to keep increasingly expensive journal subscriptions.
  • Because your research is more available and more visible than it would be in a subscription journal, it can make a larger impact in the academic environment. Open Access publications also tend to have more citations than publications in non-OA journals.
  • Your research is made available to the public and can influence the public discussion.
  • The institutions that provide funding for the research demand that the research is given Open Access. EU, ERC and The Research Council of Norway demand that their funded publications are made Open Access. The Research Council of Norway has now introduced a new funding scheme for OA, which means that such expenses should not be included in the project application.

How do you publish with Open Access?

There are three ways to Open Access:

Self-archiving (”Green OA”)

You have already published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal and make a copy of the publication available in NTNU’s institutional archive, NTNU Open.

Open Access publishing (”Gold OA”)

This kind of Open Access implies that you publish directly in an open, peer-reviewed journal. NTNU has a publication funding arrangement that covers open publishing.

We recommend that you publish in journals that are approved for level 1 or 2 in DBH’s database of publication channels and that also are registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ.

Making sure the journal you want to submit to is registered in DOAJ is important due to the increasing amount of questionable journals attempting to fool researchers into publishing their work in journals without a proper peer-review process.

To secure that NTNU covers most of our corresponding authors’ costs for publishing; we have negotiated agreements with publishers. More information at “Agreements for Publishing Open Access”.

”Hybrid Open Access”

Many subscription journals give you the option of paying a fee to make your article Open Access. This often leads to double costs for the institution: first, the institution pays a subscription fee for the journal and pays a second fee to make your article Open Access in the same journal. To avoid this, NTNU has negotiated agreements with publishers. These agreements also secure that NTNU is covering the APCs for our corresponding Authors. You can read more about these agreements on “Agreements for publishing Open Access”.

How to cover the cost of OA?

Publishing at NTNU is administered by the University Library and the publishing costs are covered through a joint literature- and publishing budget allocation.

The allocated resources cover Open Access publishing in:

  • Journals included in transformative agreements (Publish & Read agreements)
  • Open Access journals (gold OA)
  • Open Access books (gold OA)
  • Open Access infrastructure

See more information here: Publication funding arrangements

Establish a journal or change an existing journal into Open Access

The NTNU University Library offers the service NTNU Open Access Journals to researchers and academic environments that wish to establish a peer-reviewed OA journal or change an existing journal into Open Access.


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