Self archiving & finding OA journals

To obtain a research grant, the Swedish Research Council, and other important funders such as such as National Institute of Helath in the US and Wellcome Trust in the UK, now requires researchers to publish their material so as to make it available to all. The public and other researchers should have free access to all material financed by public means. To obtain a research grant researchers will have to guarantee that publications are available according to Open Access within a maximum period of six months. To achieve this the researcher has two choises:

1. Self Archiving

A Full text versions of your documents can in most cases be attached to the record you submit to the institutitonal repository. This is called self archiving or parallel publishing.

To make an article freely accessible you must be aware of the open access policy of the publisher. Information about most publishing companies' policies can be found in the service Sherpa/Romeo, run by the University of Nottingham. Most publishers allow publishing of so-called postprints, the last edited author version of the article.

Information about Conference proceedings is harder to come by but big publishers like IEEE can be found in Sherpa/Romeo. The common rule is that the author version accompanied by a cover page that acknowledge the original article should be uploaded.

All SIAM conference articles can be published Open Access by BTH-authors.

The library will monitor full text documents attached by BTH authors, for copyright information and attach cover pages when this is required; informing authors when adjustments have to be done in order to self-archive in a legal way.

See a short video on how to self archive at BTH

Read more about parallel publishing here

2. OA journals and Hybrid journals

You can publish in an open access journal. The business model used is based on that either the author or an institution pays a fee when the document is accepted for publication. A directory of journals using the Open Access model is available via DOAJ.

Also traditional publishers offers open access solutions for articles. These journals are often called "hybrid journals". Lists of publishers/journals that offers this solution can be found at:

Sherpa RoMEOs list of publishers with paid options for open access

University of Californias selective list of open access and paid access fees


Peter Linde