Forms of Open Access

Make your research Open Access in an Open Access journal ('Gold'), in a 'Gold Hybrid' subscription journal, or self-archive your article in the repository Staff Publications ('Green'). The WUR Library helps you to comply with funders policies, to choose a suitable form or to use financial arrangements for OA publishing.

Gold Open Access

In the case of Gold Open Access researchers publish their articles in fully Open Access journals. These are online academic journals that do not have a subscription model and are therefore accessible to everybody. Most of these journals charge costs for publishing articles: Article Processing Charges (APCs). These APCs vary widely between publishers and journals. The average APC per article comes to approximately € 1,500, although Wageningen UR researches publish mostly in journals with higher APCs.

There are funds and arrangements to alleviate the costs of publishing Open Access.

Quality of Open Access journals

It's important to choose a high quality Open Access journal. Use journals from the Directory of Open Access journals (DOAJ), a database with 10,000 Open Access quality journals. Use WUR Journal Browser to view or search for DOAJ journals and their impact factors.

There are also databases like QOAM market place to see reviews of Open Access journals by other authors.

Be aware of predatory journals and publishers.

Gold Hybrid Open Access

In the case of Gold Hybrid Open Access researchers publish their articles in a traditional subscription journal but pay APCs to make this article freely accessible.

At national level Wageningen University & Research has made agreements for Open Access with many publishers. Use the WUR Journal Browser to find information on prepaid OA for a specific journal, or check the list of publishers for more detailed information.

Green Open Access

Green Open Access - also known as self-archiving - refers to the practice of providing Open Access to a version of a work published in a closed-access (subscription) journal by depositing it in a repository. A repository is a publicly accessible database managed by a research organisation. Self-archiving may take place upon publication or after, depending on the copyright policy of a journal (embargo period).

Staff Publications is the repository of WUR. It contains bibliographical references and if possible a link to the full text. Wageningen University & Research supports Open Access by encouraging authors to file their articles in this repository.

Self-archive your article in Staff Publications.