There are different ways to publish your work open access: the "golden route" and the "green route". The golden Open Access route makes publications accessible to anyone, without any financial, legal or technical barriers. However, researchers (or their affiliated institute) pay a publication fee in advance to publish the article open access immediately on the publishers' platform. This fee can be as high as 2000 to 3000 euro. It becomes more common that researchers can include these publishing costs in the research application budget, when applying for research funds. You can consult your grant advisor for more information.
Publish & Read deal with Elsevier
The Publish&Read agreement enables researchers affiliated with Hanze University of Applied Sciences to publish open access with a selection of Elsevier journals. As part of a national deal, no article processing charges have to be paid for individual articles by selecting the gold Open Access route. For now, this agreement is valid for the Hanze University of Applied Sciences until the end of 2024. Visit the Research Support Portal for more information about the conditions and process.
If you follow the green route, you make a pre- or postprint version (depending on the publisher) publicly accessible in a repository after peer review and after possible embargo period, also known as self-archiving. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences uses the repository Pure for this purpose. It is possible to include your publication in Pure as soon as it is published, but it is important to set the embargo date. Pure automatically makes the article publicly accessible as soon as the embargo has passed. There are no costs associated with the green route, but it may take longer before your research results are publicly available. The publishers' embargo periods can be checked using Sherpa Romeo or in the license agreements.
There is a distinction between publishing open access in a hybrid journal and publishing in a journal that is 100% open access. Hybrid journals are subscription journals that allow open access publication of individual articles on payment of an APC.
Open access journals which are free for readers and authors are known as “diamond journals”, meaning that no APC’s or subscription costs have to be paid.