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OA publishing

The “golden road” to open access

Open Access journals are journals whose content is freely available to readers; publication costs are covered through a financial model other than subscription. More and more research fields are gaining good, open access alternatives for publishing as the number of OA journals increases.

Find OA journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the largest database of quality controlled OA journals. DOAJ strives to cover all subjects and all languages and now also lists conventional journals that allow for OA publishing.

Search in DOAJ

Support for publication fees

Some OA journals require authors to pay a publication fee, which covers the cost of the publishing process. Several universities support OA publishing by paying a portion of the publication fee. At Lund University, there is a publishing fund that covers 50 per cent of the publication fee, provided that the journal meets certain quality standards. More information about the fund can be accessed here:

Hybrid journals

Several publishers offer authors the opportunity to publish accepted articles with immediate free availability for a fee while the article is being published in the publishing house’s subscription journals. This type of subscription journal is called a hybrid journal.

The model offers the advantage of being able to publish in your “regular” journal while being able to meet the requirements set by funders. It is, however, controversial. The most common objections are that the costs for publishing in hybrid journals are on average twice as high as those of established OA journals, regardless of the journal’s prestige. The freely available articles “disappear” among the large majority of articles in a journal that require a subscription to be viewed. It is unclear how publishers can deal with the transition from increasing revenues from hybrid publications to reduced subscription prices in a transparent way.

Through publishing agreements, researchers at Lund University can take advantage of discounts and free or subsidized author fees for publishing with open access in hybrid journals, and some agreements also include pure OA journals.

Publishing agreements that provide free or price-reduced publishing fees


For questions about the publishing process, bibliometrics, research data, open access, please contact your faculty library or

publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se

For questions about LUCRIS, please contact:

servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se