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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 online. The costs for publications are covered by an APC (article-processing charge) instead of subscriptions, but there are also many journals that don’t have any APC:s. Chalmers Open Access policy recommends its researchers to publish in Open Access journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals is an excellent tool for finding an appropriate journal.

Discounts on the publishing fees in OA journals

Chalmers library has agreements with several publishers which give a discount on the APC for publishing in their pure Open Access journals:

Springer Open, Nature Research & BMC

Researchers at Chalmers can publish without a charge in more than 600 journals from Springer Open, Nature Research, BioMed Central and Palgrave Macmillan. Find out more about this agreement.

Cambridge University Press

Through a Read and Publish agreement you can publish for free in pure Open Access journals. This agreement also covers hybrid publishing. For more information about which journals are included in the agreement, click here.

De Gruyter

Chalmers researchers get a 30% APC discount when publishing in pure Open Access journals. The agreement also covers publishing in hybrid journals, which is free of charge. More information about the agreement can be found here.


Frontiers is a fully Open Access publisher that offers Chalmers researchers a 10% discount on the APC for publishing in any of their many journals.


Through a supporter membership you get a 10% discount on the APC when you publish in MDPI journals.

Fund for OA publishing

Chalmers 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.

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, thanks to national agreements with several publishers. See below for details.


The Springer Compact agreement covers more than 1,600 of their subscription-based journals and allows you as an author to publish your article open access for free. The agreement applies to accepted articles where you are the ‘corresponding author’ and has affiliated your article to Chalmers. The library then confirms your affiliation before the article is made open. Here you can find
more information about the journals included in the agreement.

American Institute of Physics

As a Chalmers researcher you can publish for free in some hybrid journals from AIP. This agreement doesn't cover pure OA journals or titles co-published by other societies.


You can publish free of charge in IOP:s hybrid journals.

Oxford University Press

Publish without any charge in many OUP journals. The agreement does not cover Linnean Society journals.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Chalmers has a Read and Publish agreement with RSC through the Swedish national consortium Bibsam, which includes publishing in their subscription-based journals free of charge. This agreement only covers hybrid journals.

Taylor and Francis

Publishing in Taylor & Francis hybrid journals without a charge. It's important that the corresponding author is affiliated to Chalmers in the article.

Publishers and journals of a questionable quality

Sometimes questionable Open Access journals/publishers emerge, which you should think twice about before publishing in. Lund University Library has gathered information and discussions about a number of less professional OA publishers. There are also non-Open Access publishers who contact PhD students or other researchers, and offer to publish their dissertations, while simultaneously getting them to sign away their copyright. Please contact us at Chalmers library if you come across journals or publishers that don't give a serious impression or use aggressive marketing.