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Optometry and Vision Sciences Faculty Resources: Copyright, Publishing

Publishing Models

OPEN ACCESS - freely available, no copyright transfer, = PloS, BioMed Central, PeerJ, eLife.
Green OA -

  • Free public access to a version of your article. May have a time delay (embargo period).
  • No Fee is payable by the author, as costs are covered by library subscriptions.
  • Authors retain the right to sue their articles for a wide range of purposes. All open versions of your article should have a user license attached.

1. Link to your article
2. Selected journals are often freely available after embargo period.
3. Self-archive your manuscript.

Gold OA -

  • Free public access to the final published article. Access is immediate and permanent.
  • Open access fee is paid by the author, or a funding body.
  • Use is determined by your user license.

1. Publish in an open access journal
2. Publish in a journal that supports OA (hybrid journal).

FREE: after an embargo period, the publisher makes the article available, = PNAS, JBC and Highwire Press Publishers.

HYBRID or PARTIAL PAYMENT: option to pay to make the article freely available on publication, = AIP Author Select, Oxford, Royal society. - PUBLIC - freely available as a result of a funding agency mandate, NSF or NIH. = PubMed as a result of the NIH mandate.

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Funding for Open Access Article Publication

BRII: Berkeley Research Impact Initiative
The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) provides funding to Berkeley authors (current faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, researchers) and publishers (Centers, Organized Research Units, and Departments) to make their publications free to all readers immediately upon publication.