Open access

In an academic context, open access refers to making research results openly available via the Internet. By either

  • ​​​​​​parallel publishing (self-archiving) a copy of the work
  • publishing in an open access journal
  • publishing in a subscription-based journal and using its open access option

you can make your research openly available and fulfill most research funders´requirements for open access publishing. 

Parallel publishing in DiVA

The term parallel publishing refers to making a copy of a published work openly available in an open archive. Researchers at Umeå University can parallel publish by uploading their articles or other publications in full text in DiVA, the University’s open archive. Parallel publishing of the reviewed, accepted version of your article (the version after peer review but before the publisher adds layout) fulfills most research funders’ requirements for making research results openly available. Many publishers allow parallel publishing of the accepted version (often after a certain embargo period). Always check the publisher conditions before uploading a full text in DiVA. Check with us in the Publishing team if you are unsure. Register in DiVA Sherpa/Juliet – check research funders’ open access policies Sherpa/RoMEO – check publisher conditions for parallel publishing

Publish in an open access journal

Open access journals are scholarly journals the content of which can be read freely or both be read and reused freely, depending on the license used. To find high quality open access journals in your field, you can for example use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ

Umeå University does not have a specific fund for open access publishing. The library has signed an agreement that covers APC charges with open access publisher Frontiers, and there are a number of discounts for open access publishing through library subscriptions. Open access publishing discounts Frontiers agreement 

Find trusted journals for your research

A growing number of untrustworthy publishers market themselves as legitimate open access publishers. Their journals often have names similar to established journals and they market themselves through direct e-mails to researchers. We recommend the checklist that the Think/Check/Submit-initiative has put together to evaluate whether you can trust a journal. You can also contact us in the Publishing team for help with evaluation. Think. Check. SubmitDubious OA Publishers (Lund University Library) 

Hybrid journals – use the journal’s open access option

Subscription-based journals that also offer an open access option with an APC (Article Processing Charge) are called hybrid journals. With these, the author pays for a single article to be made open access.

Umeå University has signed agreements with four of the larger publishers that cover the costs for open access publishing in their hybrid journals. Click the links below to read more about the terms and conditions for each agreement.IOP (Institute of Physics) agreementRSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) agreement Springer agreement Taylor & Francis agreement 



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.