13 Things you always wanted to know about open-access publishing

What will you learn?

  1. An overview of open-access publishing
  2. The different types of open access publishing
  3. How copyright works in open-access publishing
  4. How embargos work in scholarly publishing
  5. Open-access publishing myths and truths
  6. Tips to choose a legitimate open-access journal


Today, open access is a serious consideration for the scientific community. More and more researchers are exploring open-access publishing and many journals, publishers, and funders are considering it as a legitimate platform. Open-access publishing is seen as a viable option to increase the impact of scientific discovery by making research findings freely accessible. But with so many choices available, how do you know what is right for you?

This program, in the form of a concise handbook, will introduce you to the world of open-access publishing. It employs tips, checklists and other learning resources to help you understand the different types of open access and what they mean. You will learn about the things authors need to consider when opting for open access, such as copyright licenses, including possible hazards to watch out for. Apart from information on various platforms and tools that you can use to your advantage, this guide also busts common misconceptions around open-access publishing and offers tips on how to choose a legitimate open-access route when publishing your paper.

What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: What is open-access publishing?

Lecture 2: How did the idea of open access come up?

Lecture 3: Can only journal articles be open access?

Lecture 4: How will open access help me?

Lecture 5: What are the types of open-access publishing?

Lecture 6: Could you tell me more about Green open access?

Lecture 7: How does Gold open access work?

Lecture 8: How does copyright work under open access?

Lecture 9: What is an embargo?

Lecture 10: What are open-access mandates?

Lecture 11: Why do researchers hesitate to choose open-access publishing?

Lecture 12: How can I choose a legitimate open-access journal?

Lecture 13: How can I get more information about an open-access repository or journal?

Your Instructor

Jayashree Rajagopalan
Jayashree Rajagopalan
I began as a writer and editor of scholarly publishing content for Editage Insights. Given my passion for scholarly publishing, the experience helped me satisfy my curiosity about the industry and learn more about how researchers navigate each step of their journey. I also got to work on visual formats - infographics, slide decks, videos - all of made sure I kept my creative thinking cap on at all times. I love that my current role as global community manager gives me great opprotunities to have memorable conversations with researchers and publication professionals across the globe. It also drives me to think at a deeper level about building a stronger and more well-knit community of people passionate about communicating the best research to the world.

In my previous role as an academic editor at Editage, I gained a first-hand understanding of the publication needs of and challenges faced by authors. While at work, I find myself exploring newer ways to communicate ideas and connect with authors globally. Outside work, you will find me fawning over my cats (I have two!) and being indecisive about which comic book or research paper to read or which superhero movie or series to watch.

Course Curriculum

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