How open access works depends upon the individual journal’s guidelines and procedures. A general guide to the steps you might take when publishing gold open access is below.
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 license, 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.
Select your Creative Commons license so you can comply with funder mandates and control how others use your work.
Once published open access, your work will be available for anyone, anywhere to read, maximizing reach and impact.