|Gold open access||Green open access|
|Access||The final published version of your article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read.||Also known as self-archiving, when you post an earlier version of your manuscript in repositories and online.|
|Embargo periods||Not usually required.||Usually required, unless publishing through an LIS journal.|
|Fees||An article publishing charge (APC) is usually applicable if you publish gold OA.||You can share your article without having to pay an APC.|
|Who retains copyright?||You, the author, retain copyright. The agreement includes the Creative Commons license of your choice. This dictates what others can do with your article once it’s published||The copyright will usually sit with the publisher or affiliated society. Restrictions will apply to reuse.|
|What licensing should be used?||Publish under a license with few or no restrictions on how people can reuse your work. Of course, they must still credit you if they do so.||You will need to check with the publisher. For Taylor & Francis journals, please see our recommendation for the license to use when sharing your Accepted Manuscript.|
What are the gold and green open access publishing options?
What is gold open access?
Gold OA means that the final published version of your article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read. An article publishing charge (APC) is usually applicable if you publish gold OA.
With gold open access you can:
What is green open access?
Green OA, also known as self-archiving, is when you post an earlier version of your manuscript in repositories and online. This enables you to share your article without having to pay an APC.
Authors publishing in any Taylor & Francis Group journal can take advantage of the green open access route. This includes depositing a version of your article in an institutional or subject repository, as well as posting it on your blog or social media profile.
Please note that an embargo period usually applies.
Gold vs green open access
How does gold open access work?
How open access works depends upon the individual journal’s guidelines and procedures. The following is a general guide to the steps you might take when publishing gold open access:
Check your funder or institution’s policy on open access. They might have requirements around how you publish your work open access (i.e. what license you should publish under).
Choose the journal that is the best fit for your research. Help inform your decision by exploring the individual licence, embargo, and article publishing charge information.
Check who will pay the article publishing charge (APC, also called “article processing charge”). The APC is a publication fee associated with making your article gold open access. This is often paid by the author’s institution or funder.
Write and submit your paper following journal guidelines. Make any comments as guided by peer review or editor comments.
If publishing in an Open Select journal, choose open access on acceptance and tell the publisher who will cover your APC.
Once published open access, your work will be available for anyone, anywhere to read, maximizing reach and impact.
Gold open access publishing options
When you publish gold open access with Taylor & Francis we ask you to sign a publishing agreement. This gives us the right to publish the Version of Record of your article. You, the author, retain copyright. The agreement includes the Creative Commons license of your choice. This dictates what others can do with your article once it’s published. Find out which licenses your chosen journal offers by using the open access cost finder.
Open access cost finder
Use the open access cost finder to check the current article publishing charge (APC) and open access (OA) options across all Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals.