Financial support from Linnaeus University's reserved assets for open access publishing
If you are a researcher at Linnaeus University and the author of a publication that is published open access, you can apply for financial support for covering the publishing fee, in whole or in part. A number of criteria should be fulfilled for the application to be approved.
Read more about the terms, Financial Support for Open Access Publishing
Guidance when publishing open access
Most journals and publishers offer open access publishing in some form, but there are major differences in what fees are charged and what rights you as an author have. We can advise you on selecting a publication to submit your manuscript to, and help you interpret how you may disseminate your article once it has been published.
Advice about prepaid and discounted publication fees
As an employee at Linnaeus University, you have access to various prepaid or discounted publishing fees. We can assist you with information on available agreements and what you as an author need to do to get access to them.
Read more, Financial Support for Open Access Publishing
Self-archiving in DiVA
If you have published in a traditional, subscription-based journal, you can also publish a copy in DiVA. This is called self-archiving and makes the publication freely available. An increasing number of research funding agencies require research results to be made freely available (open access). Publishing in DiVA can be a way to meet this requirement.
Read more on the page DiVA - Publish and Register
Publishing of journals and conference volumes in LnuOpen
Do you want to start a journal or publish a conference publication? As a researcher at Linnaeus University, you can publish and manage journals and conference publications in LnuOpen, free of charge. The publications will be freely available and searchable in, for example, Google. LnuOpen is based on the open source software Open Journal Systems - OJS.
Read more on the page LnuOpen
What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) means that research results are published freely on the web and that anyone can read, download, print, copy, distribute and quote the material free of charge, provided that no copyright law is violated.
Open access has emerged as a protest against high subscription costs, which cause limited dissemination of publications, but also as a protest against a system that forces universities to pay three times for their research - first through research grants, then through the peer review process which is carried out by researchers in their working hours and finally through the subscription fees required for the institutions to gain access to the publications.
The basic idea of open access is that publicly funded research should be freely accessible to all, thus facilitating future research and enabling citizens to access scholarly information. Open access is an established alternative to the traditional scholarly journal and many research funders demand that the results of the research they support must be published open access. It is mainly research articles and conference contributions that are published open access, but also raw data, book chapters and books can be published open access.
Read more about open access on Wikipedia.
Why Publish Open Access?
Open access publishing provides several benefits, such as:
- Publicly funded research will benefit everyone - citizens paying for research through taxes, professionals and policy makers outside the academic world, as well as researchers around the world, regardless of whether they are affiliated to a university that can pay high subscription costs or not.
- As more people gain access to research, it can be used to a greater extent than before, thus allowing it to better contribute to the development of society.
- The increased availability means that you as a researcher are likely to get more readers, thus increasing the chance of being mentioned in social media and increasing the chance of being cited in scholarly publications.
- The time between a journal accepting and publishing an article is in many cases shorter, and the dissemination is faster and more efficient, for example through social media. This benefits researchers and the society as a whole as new research results can be accessed earlier.
- When publishing in open access journals, the author usually retains the copyright and can therefore retain control of the material.
- Many research funders require open access publishing.
- Open access can reduce the costs of universities. Universities pay for the same research several times: when the research is carried out, the peer review process in the form of the researchers' salary, and when the library pays subscription fees to gain access to the published research.
Open Access Policy at Linnaeus University
In order to ensure the widest possible dissemination of research results from Linnaeus University, the vice-chancellor has decided on guidelines for electronic publishing (2011-10-24).
The guidelines in brief
- All research published by researchers affiliated to Linnaeus University should, as far as possible, be made available in full text in the university's electronic repository, and, where appropriate, in publications that publish open access.
- The transfer of copyright should, if possible, be avoided.
- Authors should assure that they are allowed to self-archive their work.
Do you have questions regarding open access? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org