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Publishing Agreements at McMaster University

This guide provides information about McMaster University's agreements for APC discounts and waivers.

Open Access Colors - Ghent University

Diamond Open Access refers to a scholarly publication model in which journals and platforms do not charge fees to either authors or readers. Diamond Open Access journals represent community-driven, academic-led and -owned publishing initiatives. Serving a fine-grained variety of generally small-scale, multilingual, and multicultural scholarly communities, these journals and platforms embody the concept of bibliodiversity. Definition taken from Action Plan for Diamond Open Access

Gold Open Access = Open Access publishing: Open Access journals provide immediate Open Access to the articles published. There is a large variety in business models and publishing methods. You can find an overview of peer reviewed Open Access journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals .

Green Open Access = self-archiving: publish in the journal of your choice, deposit a version of the publication (usually but not necessarily a post-print) in a repository and make it publically available in Open Access, sometimes after an embargo period set by the publisher. An overview of Open Access Repositories can be found on OpenDOAR. Publishers’ policies on (self)archiving can be found on SHERPA/RoMEO.

Hybrid Open Access: Some publishers allow immediate Open Access to some of their articles on condition that an ‘Article Processing Charge - APC’ is paid.  In such journals, two types of articles coexist: those freely accessible and others only accessible through a subscription. Although being mainly responsible for the recent rise in available Open Access publications, ‘hybrid Open Access’ doen’t take away subscription costs for those journals.

Platinum Open Access: Platinum Open Access is a model of scholarly publishing that does not charge author fees. The costs associated with scholarly publication are covered through other means, such as volunteer work, donations, subsidies, grants, etc.

Bronze articles are made free-to-read on the publisher website, without an explicit open license.

Published by Ghent University in Open Access colours: green, gold, diamond, hybrid and more. Last updated on Nov 30, 2022

Creative Commons Licenses

CC BY 4.0 public use license (Plan S compliant)
Permits the broadest form of re-use including for commercial purposes, provided that author attribution and integrity are maintained.

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 public use license
Permits non-commercial access & re-use, provided that author attribution and integrity are maintained; but does not permit creation of adaptations or other derivative works.



Other Important Terms

CRKN: The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is a Canada-wide consortia of academic libraries. The consortia licenses information resources and other products in support of education and research.

OCUL: The Ontario Council of University Libraries is a consortia of Ontario university libraries that licenses information resources in support of education and research. The content licensed by OCUL complements the content licensed by CRKN.

Paywalled : access to the content is restricted to paid subscribers.

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