Answer: OA is an academic publishing mechanism, in which research products (articles, books, theses etc.) are available for free to download.
- When funders (financial sponsors) make publishing in OA sources a condition of their grants. The Sherpa Juliet website lists all the funders’ policies for OA publication.
- More citations – Higher impact and visibility for published research. Studies have shown a significant increase in citations when articles are made publicaly available.
- Philosophy – Sharing research results can help science to reach its full potential, since price is no longer an obstacle.
- Gold Open Access – Research outputs are published in an academic journals and fully available to the public, after the author pays a publication fee that usually referred to as “Article Processing Charge (APC). Gold open access is offered by two types of journals:
- Fully gold open access – All published materials in these journals are opened to the public after the author pays the APC.
- Hybrid open access journals – Subscription-based journals that allow authors to publish their works as gold open access immediately after paying the APC.
- Open Research Europe – a free, peer-reviewed, and open access publishing service that serves as an alternative for the gold open access route, which includes publication fees. Open Research Europe is NOT a repository for pre-prints and it is NOT a journal. It has a peer review mechanism only for original papers, so one cannot “deposit” journal articles and their versions to Open Research Europe. FAQ about Open Research Europe.
- Green Open Access – A deposit (self-archive) of papers in a general or institutional open access repository. Each publisher has policies regarding which version of the article the author may publish. Some publishers also require an embargo period.
Advantages of Green Open Access:
- No fee (no APC).
- Immediate exposure online.
Disadvantages of Green Open Access:
- Multiple versions online.
- Difficulties in citations count.
- Copyrights issues.
- JCR (Journal Citation Reports) – Look for the candidate journal impact factor (IF).
- Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory – Check if it is indexed in top academic databases such as Scopus or Web of Science.
- Cabells Scholarly Analytics – DO NOT publish in a journal that appears in Cabells ‘blacklist’ of suspected predatory OA journals.
- Check for membership in OA associations such as OASPA or in well reputed OA directories, i.e., DOAJ.
- Pricing (APC) – Check the publisher’s discount policies for institutions.
It is important to know that many predatory OA publishers tend to organize “predatory conferences”. These conferences are sometimes fake, proceedings are not published following them and speakers occasionally are different than what was promised. It is advised to use the tools mentioned above before registering to conferences that produced by unknown organizers or not by well-known societies. Some tips may also can assist you in avoiding such conferences.
You are invited to upload your papers or data files (in accordance with the publisher’s agreement) to the Technion community in Zenodo, provided by the Technion Libraries.
In the upload page, you will be able to schedule an embargo period, choose the license and update the EU fund number. Newer versions of the uploaded files can be added in any time. Each document will be assigned with a unique DOI.
Once uploaded, the library staff will review the request ( identity and affiliation) . Only verified Technion users will be approved to upload their works to the Technion community.
- All of Zenodo’s policies apply to the Technion page.
- The Technion shall bare no responsibility with regard to content uploaded to the page.
- Content uploaded by non Technion users (and/or Technion affiliates) at the time of uploading to the page shall be removed.
If you have any questions or requests, please contact the Technion library via the contact us form.
If you have any questions or requests, please use the Technion Libraries contact us form.
Most of the publishers do not allow to deposit the final version of the papers.
There are several ways the verify the approved version to be uploaded in the selected repository:
1. Information in the publisher’s website (most recommended).
2. Use the SHERPA/RoMEO service to check the copyright policies.
3. Review your license agreements between you and the publisher.
One may only self-archive only after the termination of the embargo period, if exists. Some publishers specify the embargo periods for each journal on their websites (i.e. for Elsevier).
Once ensuring their copyrights, authors can provide Open Access of their work (final or pre-print version) in accordance to the publisher’s terms.
Main options to retain author copyrights:
- Use the Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine in the “Science Commons” webpage in order to generate addendum to be attached to the publication agreement. The addendum should state which rights the author will retain after sending an article to a publisher.
- Authors may also request to sign a “License to Publish” instead of a full transfer of rights. this means that authors retain all rights that are not explicitly licensed to the publisher.
- Authors wishing to provide liberal re-use rights for users, while retaining their copyright of the article, may ask the publisher to release their work under a Creative Commons license.
What about ResearchGate, Personal/laboratory websites and other Scholar-social-media interfaces? These websites are NOT scientific repositories and hence, one should consult the publisher before uploading any kind of version of their paper.
If you need to deposit your research data, you can choose from a variety of repositories while taking some important considerations (from Jisc).
- Uploading a paper in a personal website (homepage, laboratory group page).
- Uploading full text in social media sites (ResearchGate, ‘Academia’ and more).
- Using illegal platforms (i.e. SciHub).
- Diregarding the terms and conditions specified in the publishing agreement.
“Horizon Europe” is a new program planned for 2021-2027 (replacing “Horizon 2020”). With a budget of 95.5 bilion €, the program went through several changes that the beneficiaries must be aware of.
Two major changes are emphasized:
- Publication fees eligible for funding – Only in journals that are fully open access (and NOT in hybrid journals). For the differences between Gold and Hybrid open access journals.
In order to assist with this requirement, Horizon Europe has recently launched the “Open Research Europe” platform. It is a free, peer-reviewed, and open access publishing service that serves as an alternative for the gold open access route, which includes publication fees. Open Research Europe is NOT a repository for pre-prints nor a journal. It is used only for original papers, so one cannot “deposit” published journal articles nor their other versions to Open Research Europe. FAQ about Open Research Europe.
If you choose to publish in a journal that is fully open access, please refer to our designated page that will help you to ensure the quality of the journal chosen for publication.
- Immediate open access – beneficiaries must give access to the peer-reviewed contents immediately with the publication date itself (No embargo is allowed) and through trusted repositories. It means that researchers must set their IPR’s (intellectual property rights) with the publishers in advance and retain as much rights as needed for OA.
Discounts given to Technion researchers via different publishers
We have created a list of publishers that offer reduced APC (article processing charges) for Technion researchers. The list will continue to be updated constantly.
Please contact Your faculty library OR The Reference & Instruction department at the Central Library if you want us to check the discount policies of other publishers that are not listed yet.