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Open Access Journals and Strategies

What are Open Access Journals?

According to the platform, open access (OA) journals are…

… online journals whose articles are accessible free of charge and other barriers immediately upon publication. As journals that meet this definition do not require authors to transfer copyright to them, the articles are usually released under an open licence granted by the author. At the same time, there are many journals who make their content available for use free of charge but who do not grant open licences. OA journals are the primary medium of the so-called “gold road to open access.”

Where can I find more information about Open Access Journals?

Where can I find Open Access Journals?

Central database for Open Access journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Alphabetical List of different psychological journals

Some Examples of Open Access Journals

Different Strategies for Open Access

The golden road – primary publication

By the golden road (gold OA) is meant the primary publication of scientific and scholarly works. This may include articles in OA journals, OA monographs, or contributions to openly accessible edited volumes or conference proceedings.

The green road - self-archiving

By the green road (green OA) is meant parallel publication or self-archiving of scientific and scholarly works on private homepages, institute homepages or document servers.

More detailed information about the gold and green OA is available here: