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Publish Open Access

There are two approaches to making research results Open Access. One is to deposit a copy of an article in an Open Access repository, also known as self-archiving, and the other is to publish in an Open Access journal.

Parallel publishing

Chalmers Open Access policy focuses on so-called parallel publishing or self-archiving, which means that a copy of the work should be published in full-text in Chalmers Publication Library (CPL). A majority of the publishers registered in the database SHERPA /RoMEO allows parallel publishing. It is most often the author's final, accepted and corrected version of the article that is submitted. Some publishers require that a prepage is used; contact us and we will assist you. 

Publishing in Open Access journals

Open Access journals are peer reviewed journals published freely available on the Internet. Chalmers policy recommends its researchers to publish in Open Access journals. Directory of Open Access Journals is an excellent tool for finding an appropriate journal.

BioMed Central and SpringerOpen

BioMed Central and SpringerOpen administer approximately 200 Open Access Journals. The costs for publications are covered by article-processing fees instead of subscriptions. Chalmers is a Supporting Member institution which means that researchers at Chalmers receive a 15% discount on the article-processing charges.

Fund for OA publishing

From 2011 the Library offers financial support in order to cover article-processing charges when publishing in Open Access journals. Read more about the terms and how to apply.

Grey zone OA publishing houses

There are open access publishing houses whose seriousness is in doubt. Lund University Library has gathered information and discussions about a number of less serious OA publishers.

Please contact us if you come across Open Access journals or publishers that don't give a serious impression, or if you are unsure of a specific journal.

Springer Compact

Springer Compact allows you as an author to publish your article open access without any costs charged to you. The agreement with Springer applies to accepted articles where you are the ‘corresponding author’ and has affiliated your article to Chalmers.

The Springer agreement covers more than 1,600 subscription-based Springer journals, cf. for more information about the organisations and journals included in the agreement.