Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open access implies the free availability of scientific and academic content on the Internet. Users can not only consult them for free but also can download, copy, print, distribute or cite them. Open access provides greater accessibility to documents and greater visibility for authors.

Open Access Policies range from broad support and promotion statements - international declarations - to more mandatory mandates from agencies that finance research, even in the form of laws, as well as institutional policies that declare their support for open access as a principle and encourage the scholars to publish this way.

Publish in Open Access

Green road: publication in institutional repositories (store, preserve and disseminate the scientific production of members of an institution), thematic (store, preserve and disseminate content in a discipline) or orphans (archive the works of authors who do not have access to another repository).

The University of A Coruña has its own institucional repository (RUC) for the dissemination of the scientific and academic publications of the members of the UDC.

Gold road: publication in open access journals or publishers. To find out these journals and review their publication policies, you can check:

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Redalyc:for journals of the Hispanic scope

The two roads are complementary.


Open Access and copyright

When the author will publish an article in a scientific journal, he must review and know the clauses of the copyright contract:

OpenAire Recommendations

Tutorial: Controla tus derechos, facilita el acceso abierto

Most publishers allow auto-archive in repositories with possible limitations. There are portals that inform us of the copyright policies of the main publishers:

SHERPA ROMEO: editorial copyright policies and self-archiving

DULCINEA: copyright rights and auto-archive conditions of Spanish scientific journals

In the open access the author maintains his rights and the dissemination is not exclusive. The work is protected by copyright law and Creative Commons licenses collect the uses that the author allows on their work to other users.


List of document repositories in open access