Answered By: Ellen Phillips
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2018     Views: 2

Not necessarily, perhaps even not usually. Some publications (both open access and toll access) impose article processing charges (APCs) on articles that then enjoy immediate OA publication. APCs are often paid with grant funds. In many cases, it’s easy to avoid APCs altogether by delaying making your article openly accessible. This delay is called an embargo, and its length (usually 6-24 months) is generally imposed by the journal publisher. The publisher also often specifies which version of the article can be made available after the embargo expires. Often it’s the author’s final draft, after peer review but before copy editing and layout.


The SHERPA/RoMEO service based at the University of Nottingham has information on many publishers’ open access policies. You are also welcome and warmly invited to contact us to talk about ways of making your research openly accessible, and/or your options as regards a specific journal.

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