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What is Open Access?

Are you considering publishing in an open access (OA)journal? If so, your high-quality content could be made open-access (freely available to the world), which has consistently resulted in higher future citations and broader social impact of your work) at no cost to you! There are a few things you should know first:

Subscription? Green Open Access? Gold Open Access? Hybrid Open Access? What's it all mean?!

Click on the images below for a full-sized graphic illustration of the various publishing modes. 

Traditional (subscription-based) publishing: 

graphic illustrating Traditional Subscription Publishing

"Green" Open Access publishing:

image illustrating the Green Open Access publishing model

Our University OA repository for scholarly content is called Minds@UW

"Gold" Open Access publishing:

illustration of the Gold Open Access publishing process

Hybrid OA is not quite any of these. Hybrid OA means a traditional, subscription-based journal publisher lets the author choose to pay a higher Article Processing Charge in order to make their individual article OA (freely-available to all readers) right away. Note that the APCs for this model average much higher than for green or gold OA models.

OER Textbooks

Open Access and Gray Literature