Open access

Umeå university promotes that researchers should make their results and publications available open access as far as possible. This aligns with increasing demands for open access publishing from the Swedish Research Counsil and other research funders.

Open access-policy for scholarly publications at Umeå University

Routes to publishing open access

In order to make your research openly available and fulfill most research funders' requirements for open access publishing there are several routes to choose from:

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.


Parallel publishing

The term parallel publishing refers to making a copy of a published work openly available in an 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). Parallel publishing is cost-free for the author.

Parallel publishing in DiVA

Researchers at Umeå University can parallel publish by uploading their articles or other publications in full text in DiVA, the University’s open archive. 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).

How open access journals are financed can vary. Sometimes they, like hybrid journals, charge a financing fee - a so called article processing fee (APC). Umeå University does not have a specific fund for open access publishing. The university 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. DOAJOpen 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.Trustworthy or predatory?Think. Check. Submit

Hybrid journals – use the journal’s open access option

Subscription based journals that also offer the option to publish open access is called hybrid journals. When publishing open access in a hybrid journal the author pays a publishing fee, a so called article processing charge (APC), in order to make a single artice available open access.

Umeå University does not have a specific fund for open access publishing. The university library has signed agreements with several publishers for discounts on publication fees. Information regarding which publishers and journals are included can be found on the link below.

Open access publishing discounts