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Publish Open Access

There are three 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, another is to publish in an Open Access journal and the third one is to publish in a so-called hybrid 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 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.

Hybrid Open Access

A third way to Open Access is to publish the article in a subscription based journal and pay a fee to make the single article freely available. Chalmers researchers can now do this for free or with a reduced fee, thanks to national agreements with several publishers. See below for details.

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.

De Gruyter

The researcher can choose Open Access for free in de Gruyter's hybrid journals. More information about the agreements could be found here:


Taylor and Francis

The same applies to IOP and Taylor and Francis. It's important that the corresponing author is affiliated to Chalmers in the article.