Publishing articles in the Open Access model
The library sees great importance in promoting publishing of research in the open access model.
Open access arrangements have been made between TAU Libraries, in cooperation with the MALMAD community, and the following publishers:
According to these agreements, the university researchers can publish in journals of the above publishers in open access.
Open access publishing allows researchers to publish peer-reviewed articles in a way that is accessible, online, and free to all. Such publication increases exposure to research, thus potentially expanding their impact and citation range.
There are two main routes to open access publishing:
1. Gold Open Access
The article is published in an open access journal or in a 'hybrid' journal, which is a subscription journal that facilitates publishing articles in open access for a fee from the researcher.
This charge is called APC (Article Processing Charge).
Characteristics of gold open access:
- Free and immediate access to the latest version of the article
- Wide distribution
- The article is retrievable by leading scholarly databases
2. Green Open Access
The article is published in a subscription-based journal: no payment is required for the processing of the article (APC), but the draft article can be distributed free of charge in various ways.
Distribution terms should be carefully studied, as per specific publisher and article. One should take into consideration that publishers may apply different policies (e.g. concerning the version of the item that may be shared).
It is important to keep in mind that articles under the green open access route may be available in several versions:
- Published articles in their final version (following the review process), are made openly available after a specified delay period (embargo).
- Earlier versions of the published papers may be made available free of charge through various means, e.g. via academic institutional repositories, on the authors’ personal websites, or shared within the authors' institutions for study and research purposes.
It should be taken under consideration that in the green route:
- The final version is released after a waiting period
- Each article may have several versions
- Copyright - Each article should be checked individually for the rules applying to it
When publishing an article in open access, carefully choose the journal in which you want to publish, in order to avoid publishing in predatory journals.
Predatory journals charge authors for publishing, but the articles they publish do not go through a proper peer review process. Many of them actively solicit researchers and attempt to do so by claiming particularly low publication charges.
The following tools may be of assistance in selecting a journal for publication:
A platform that ranks journals based on standardized citation measures of the published articles, i.e. impact factor.
Journal Mertics offers a basket of metrics based on data from Scopus, aimed to evaluate and compare between serial titles, including peer-reviewed journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals. The metrics include CiteScore metrics, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), which are based on citation data.
A list of journals suspected as predatory.
A step-by-step practical guide for choosing a journal for publication.
Please note: it is important to obtain relevant and up-to-date information concerning the intended publisher's current open access policy (via its website) and consider its copyright requirements.
Publishing open access articles in Cambridge University Press journals, free of charge:
Open access publishing is a part of Cambridge University Press’s standard publication process. This option will be applied once the author has confirmed his/her preference for it (after the article has been approved for publication).
In order to associate the researcher with Tel Aviv university, please use your institutional email when sending the article to the publisher.
Open access publishing via Cambridge University Press is further introduced and discussed here.
Publishing open access articles via Sage journals:
A researcher associated with the university will receive a notification from the publisher, stating that the article can be published in open access for the price of £200. After the researcher has given his consent, the article is transferred to open access.
Gold open access journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are also entitled to a 20% discount.
Click here for the participating Gold journal title list. This discount will be applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal.
Publishing open access articles via Karger's journals:
As of 2021, open access publishing via Karger’s journals is available to TAU scholars on an unlimited basis, at no additional charge.
Journals of interest to scholars in the field of psychology:
In order to apply the open access option, the submitting author has to confirm his/her academic institution’s eligibility to open access publishing, at the relevant form, and then select TAU as his/her institute of affiliation.
Open access publishing via Karger is briefly introduced and discussed here.
As of 2022, authors affiliated with Tel Aviv University can publish research and review articles in open access hybrid journals at no additional charge.
For more information on publishing an article with Wiley click here.
As of 2022, a discount of 10% from the APC.
- A step-by-step guide for open access publishing (Choose the journal name in the search line to get specific instructions)
- List of the publisher's open access journals included in the agreement
'Copyright' refers to legal issues of ownership and intellectual property associated with the use of the article. Copyright statement includes: specifying the author's name, terms of reuse, the item’s distribution, duplication, adjustments, commercial use, remix (modification of media), copying etc.
When publishing an article, it is important to review the publisher's current copyright policy on the journal's website.
♦ Information on the types of copyright licenses can be found on the Creative Commons website.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that issues licenses for the purpose of knowledge sharing. The license allows anyone (individual or institution) to grant the public permission to use their work under the copyright law.
♦ Information about open access and copyright terms of various publishers can be found on the Sherpa Romeo website.