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13 Things you always wanted to know about open access publishing

Choose the right open access route for publishing your paper

What will you learn?

  1. About open access
  2. Types of open access
  3. About Embargo
  4. Choosing a legitimate open access journal

Why should you enroll?

Today, more and more researchers are exploring open access publishing and many journals, publishers, and funders are considering open access. Open access is being taken more seriously today. The underlying idea is that it helps increase the impact of scientific discovery by making research findings freely accessible. This handbook will help you understand exactly what open access means and how you can go about choosing the right open access route for publishing your paper.

What topics will you cover?

Chapter 1: What is open access?

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

Chapter 3: Can only journal articles be open access?

Chapter 4: How will open access help me?

Chapter 5: What are the types of open access publishing?

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

Chapter 7: How does Gold open access work?

Chapter 8: How does copyright work under open access?

Chapter 9: What is an embargo?

Chapter 10: What are open access mandates?

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

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

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


Your Instructor


Jayashree Rajagopalan
Jayashree Rajagopalan

I am Jayashree Rajagopalan and I am a Senior Writer and Editor at Editage Insights. I am passionate about scholarly publishing and about helping researchers communicate their discoveries to the world. I create useful resources to help researchers navigate their academic life and publication journey. I develop informative and educational videos, Infographics, puzzles, SlideShare presentations, and learning resources (like this course) on various aspects of academic research and publishing. I also interview experienced researchers and publishing professionals to help researchers understand best publication practices and write about various aspects of academic research and publishing.

I have earned two Master’s Degrees, one in English Literature from Mumbai University, India, and another in Children’s Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My experience as an academic editor at Editage has led me to develop a first-hand understanding of the publication needs of and challenges faced by authors. And the experience of working on my own research during my postgraduate degree gave me a taste of a researcher’s life and struggles – from preparing a research paper and building a strong academic network to liaising with journal editors and publishing a journal article. Some of my published works include infographics on reasons for manuscript rejection and tips to help researchers choose the right journal for their paper; SlideShare presentations on 10 Ways to reduce word count in research papers and the types of articles journals publish; videos on career fair mistakes researchers make and open access myths; and interviews with Nobel Laureate Takaaki Kajita and Dr. Jonas Ranstam, the world’s most prolific peer reviewer. I have also authored a paper on Indian children’s cinema titled Heal the World, Make It a Better Place: Social and Individual Hope in Indian Children’s Cinema (DOI: 10.1353/bkb.2013.0020). Outside work, I am aficionado of comics, superhero sagas, children’s literature, and several types of visual art.


Course Curriculum


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