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.