A guide to publish articles in Open Access

Overview of Open Access publishing and rules for EU projects

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Material kindly provided by Mathilde Pascal, ILL.

Open Access options

There are two ways to make an article open access:

  • Self-archiving (green open access): depositing an article in an online open archive. Before you deposit your article, check the conditions applied by the publisher for self-archiving (embargo periods, etc.).
  • Open access publishing (gold open access): making an article directly available in open access on the journal’s website. Most publishers offer this option against payment of article processing charges (APC).

A list of open access journals in physics, chemistry and materials science is available here.

At the bottom of this page you can download a guide for open access as well as see a flowchart on how to publish in open access.

For EU projects

All scientific peer-reviewed publications resulting from European projects funded through the H2020 programme must be available in open access. You can find the European Commission’s guidelines here.

  • All peer-reviewed articles must be deposited in a repository at the latest by the moment of publication;
  • Self-archived articles must be available in open access within 6 months of publication;
  • Gold OA articles must be available in open access at the moment of publication.

Flowchart: How to publish an article in Open Access?

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Click to see the flowchart on how to publish an article in open access.

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