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OA publishing

The “golden road” to open access

In open access journals, the content is freely available to everyone and the cost of publication is charged through a financial model other than subscription. Journals that are subscription-based but contain openly available articles are called hybrid journals. LU provides support for publishing in both alternatives, either through agreements with publishers or by the Open Access Fund.

Find and check 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 for journals in DOAJ (new tab)

Remember to check that the journal you intend to publish in is of good quality. This applies to both subscription-based and open access journals.

There are some things to keep in mind before submitting to a journal

Support for publication fees in OA journals

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 percent of the publication fee, provided that the journal meets certain quality standards. More information about the fund can be accessed here:

Publish in 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