Publishing open access with Open Select

A how-to guide for authors

At Taylor & Francis we champion choice for researchers and offer a range of options for publishing open access (OA). Alongside our fully open access journals, you can also choose to make your research available OA through Open Select (often referred to as “hybrid open access”).

Open Select allows you to publish your article OA in a journal which also publishes papers only available to subscribers, so you can continue to publish in your favorite journals but do so on an open access basis.

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What is Open Select? How do I know if a journal is Open Select?

Open Select gives you the option to make your paper open access in one of our 2,300+ subscription journals. These span across subject areas and include both Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals.

  • To find out if a journal is Open Select, look out for the indicator (shown below) at the top of the journal homepage on Taylor & Francis Online.

Why choose open access?

Whether in an Open Select or fully open access journal, there are many benefits to publishing your research open access with us. You can benefit from:

  • Robust peer review: having been peer reviewed by experts, you and your audience will know your work is a valuable contribution to the field.

  • Maximized discoverability: our journals are indexed in internationally-recognized citation and abstract databases, including PubMed, the Journal Citation Report (JCR), Scopus and Google Scholar.

  • Greater impact: no barriers to access means anyone can read, cite and use your research. From policymakers to journalists, your research can inspire and inform. You can check the downloads, citations and Altmetric data for your article at any time to understand the impact your research is having in the world.

  • Rapid online publication: your paper is available soon after acceptance, freely and permanently accessible to anyone who needs it.

  • Freedom: your choice of Creative Commons license, so you can comply with any funder mandates and control how others use your work.

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With Open Select, there’s also the added benefit that you can continue to publish in your favorite journals but do so on an open access basis. And, your article will appear in the print journal (as well as online) for many Open Select journals. Explore our portfolio of Open Select journals.

Learn more about the benefits of publishing open access with Taylor & Francis.

How do I make my article open access in an Open Select journal?

You can publish your work OA in an Open Select journal by following these 5 steps:

  1. Choose the Open Select journal that best suits your work

  2. Write and submit your paper

  3. Make any revisions, as guided by peer reviewer and editor comments

  4. On acceptance choose open access and let us know who will cover your APC (Article Publishing Charge)

  5. Select the Creative Commons license that’s right for you

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay a fee to publish open access in an Open Select journal?

Yes, if you choose to publish open access in an Open Select journal you will be asked to pay an APC (Article Publishing Charge) after the article has been accepted by the journal. You can request a quote upon acceptance, or check beforehand using our open access cost finder.

You’ll be asked who will cover the APC (e.g. you, your funder or institution) once you’ve chosen the open access option. You may be eligible for a reduced or fully-waivered APC if your institution has an agreement with Taylor & Francis, so check if you’re eligible for this support.

You can of course choose not to make your article open access. This means that you won’t be asked to pay an APC and your article will be available to all subscribers of the journal (instead of openly available to everyone).

How do I retain copyright of my article?

Once you’ve selected the open access option you will be offered a choice of Creative Commons license. These ensure you retain copyright and give you control over how readers can use your work in the future. Your readers must give you full credit whenever and however they use your article.

Many funders require that you use the CC-BY Creative Commons license. Find out more about copyright and Creative Commons licenses.

How do I share my article with others to maximize usage, impact and influence?

When you publish open access you can share your work however you want to. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Tweet a link to your followers on Twitter, or post it on Facebook.

  • Post a link on Scholarly Social Networks.

  • Email a copy to your colleagues.

  • Add a link to the reading lists of courses you teach (and perhaps ask your colleagues to do the same).

  • Post it to your institution’s repository or to a specific subject repository.

What if English isn’t my first language?

You may wish to have your manuscript reviewed by a native speaker and the language polished before submission. This can make it easier for editors and peer reviewers to assess your work before they make a decision on your paper. Find out more about our Pre-submission Services.

Where can I find out more about open access?

Visit our open access hub for more more guidance and support on publishing your research open access. You can also sign up to our Research Insights email newsletter to get advice, tips and expert support directly to you.