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Open Access Publishing

About Open Access Publishing

UCT Libraries offers a hosting service in open access publishing.  Open Access publishing provides content freely online to all readers globally. As the norm, it is available immediately, with no embargo delay.

Open access journal publishing, also known as “gold” open access, uses a business model that allows the author or funder to pay a publishing fee. This makes provision for the reader to have free access.

In the open access publishing journal model, copyright remains with the author and is not transferred to the publisher. In retaining copyright, the author has control over the reuse of their work in teaching, future publications and other scholarly and professional activities, whilst disseminating it to an international audience.

Some of the well-known “gold” open access publishers are:

The Directory of Open Access Journals is an online directory that indexes over 10 000 peer-reviewed open access journals.  Journals can be searched by title, ISSN, broad subject area or keywords, with more than 60 percent of their records searchable at article level. This Directory has journals from all disciplines and all languages and aims to be a one-stop shop for access to scholarly open access journals.

UCT Libraries provide a hosting service in open access journal publishing. Since December 2015, UCT Libraries are also publishing of monographs (books) via open access.

Publishing scholarly monograph occurs mostly in the arts and humanities disciplines. In the Monographs and Open Access Project report, co-commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in January 2015, it was found that monographs are important for research communication and must continue to be available open access.