Open access in practice
By publishing open access you offer free, immediate, online and full-text access to your scientific information. There are different ways to achieve this. It is important to know how to find a reliable open access journal and to avoid predatory publishers.
Open access routes
There are several ways to make your publications open access:
The green route
Deposit a version of your article in the Utrecht University Repository. Read here what you need to know about the green route.
The golden route
You publish in an open access journal on a publisher's platform. This may involve publication costs, the ‘Article Processing Charges’ (APCs).
The hybrid route
You publish in a journal in which some articles are available open access, and others only by paying a subscription fee. In this case, you pay a charge to the publisher to make the article available to non-subscribers.
The diamond route
You publish in an open access journal without any charges (APCs or subscription fees). In this case, the publication costs are often borne by an institution or a fund. Read more about diamond open access here.