Open access

(Please note, some of the links below refer to Swedish pages)

Publishing with open access

There are mainly two ways of publishing your results in accordance with open access:

  1. Via depositing a copy of a published article in an open archive, so called self-archiving. At Umeå University this means that you upload a copy of the article to DiVA. You may upload the article copy at the same time as registering it in DiVA or do so at a later date.

    When the article is uploaded to DiVA it will not immediately become visible on the web site, as the team in charge of DiVA at UB must approve of the publishing first. UB checks the policy of the journal in question (if OA publishing is allowed, which version is recommended, if there are any embargo period demands etc.) and will also add a standardized fly-leaf with information on the original publishing and the open access policy of the publishing house.
  2. In an open access journal. Search Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to find a peer-reviewed open access journal within your subject.


Three types of open access

Gold: Open access journals where all journal content is freely acccesible for all web users - researchers, students and the general public. The author pays a fee to the journal to have their article published.​​ A copy of the article can be deposited in DiVA.

Green: Refers to publication in an institutional archive such as DiVA. Usually, an author archives their own post-print copy of a peer-reviewed article published in a traditional journal. This is free for authors. Which version of an article can be desposited and when will depend upon the author's agreement with the original publisher.

Hybrid: The author pays a fee to a conventional publisher to make a particular article openly accessible when it would otherwise be available only to subscribers. Hybrid journals collect both author fees for individual articles as well subscriber fees.​​

More information about open access

About open access Swedish Research Council demands for free access to research results OASIS Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook Sherpa/Juliet showing research funders with demands or recommendations on how to make publications freely available via open access archives. 

Predatory publishers

Dubious OA publishers (Lund University Library)

Films and Manuals

Open access - seminarier om open access


Open access illustration

This work, “Open access in blue” is a derivative of “Benefits of Open Access" by Danny Kingsley & Sarah Brown and “Open access" by Karolinska Institutet University Library, used under CC BY. “Open access in blue” is licenced under CC BY by Umeå University Library.