Open Access (OA)

Open Access

Open Access (OA)

Open Access means open and free access to research. With that the Universities research, will be reached by a wider range of readers, since Open Access doesn’t require a journal subscription.

In 2012, the University of Southern Denmark adopted “The green path” of Open Access.

3 types of Open Access

  • Green Open Access means that scholars activate a full-text version of their research publications in an institutional or thematic repository (self-archiving) offering open and free access to anybody interested.
  • Golden Open Access is when a researcher or institution chooses to pay a fee for the publication. After that, the article will be available and free for whoever’s interested.
  • Hybrid Open Access is when a researcher publishes in a traditional subscription journal, which with a fee from the author makes the article available.

The University of Southern Denmark and Open Access

The University of Southern Denmark have many strong international research communities, within a wide spread of research areas in rapid development.

The research at The University of Southern Denmark has several purposes. To create and raise awareness of new knowledge, to support the education (teaching)as well as making the results available to students, researchers, companies and other interested. As employed at The University of Southern Denmark you have an obligation to report your research and research activity in the archives/repository of The University of Southern Denmark PURE.

In 2012, the University of Southern Denmark adopted “The green path” of Open Access. This means a researcher simultaneously publishes his or her publication, by means of an attached full text in an open archive or repository.

Your research becomes more visible

With Open Access the University’s research results are no longer only for the few, who pays for a subscription or license to the journals, the results are available for everybody.

With Open Access you secure more widespread use of the university's research, that will be read by more and a broader group, since Open Access don’t require a subscription. The new readers will for example, be researchers outside the established research environments, like researchers from third worlds countries, doctors, lawyers, employees of private companies, high school teachers, politicians, journalists or private people.

Your publications will be read sooner, since the publication process at some publishers can be very long. Your research will, through Open Access, therefore be more visible, while you help making the research at the University of Southern Denmark more accessible.

Advantages with simultaneously publishing in PURE

  • Your research becomes more visible through the research portal of the University of Southern Denmark
  • Your research will be harvested and accessible by the Danish National Research Database
  • Your research will be searchable via Google / Google Scholar

Where do you publish most appropriate?

There isn’t one absolute guideline on how you publish most appropriate. It doesn’t matter if it’s in traditional journals or Open Access journals. There is however a several factors that can influence your choice.

You are without a doubt influenced by, what your coworkers and/or adviser thinks, and the traditions within the academic environment have an effect as well. Besides that you can look at the Bibliometric research indicator (BFI)

The University of Southern Denmark finds it important, that you as a researcher don’t compromise with the quality of the journal you wish to publish in.  Therefor it’s recommended that you only publish in an Open Access journal, if it within the subject area is considered to be of a high level quality.

Financing – are you required to publish Open Access

The Danish National Research Foundation today, practices an Open Access policy: “Det frie forskningsråd”, ”Danmarks Grundforskningsfond”, ”Det Strategiske Forskningsråd”, ”Højteknologifonden” and ”Rådet for Teknologi og Innovation”.

These foundations require, that articles published in peer reviewed journals, are made available and free in an Open Access archive, at least 6 or 12 months after the article have been accepted by a publisher.

At the University of Southern Denmark the archive/repository is PURE.

The European Commission framework program Horizon 2020 also requires Open Access publishing.

Copyright - your responsibility

You have the responsibility as a scientist of archiving your scientific publications in an Open Access archive. Likewise it is your responsibility that the copyright be respected.


Should copyright be violated in connection with OA archiving because of mistake, error or misunderstanding, the material in question will immediately be removed from the archive.


If you have surrendered your rights in whole or in part to a journal or publisher, you must ascertain whether you have the right to archive your publication in Pure and to provide free access to it right away.


The vast majority of publishers permit you to archive your publications as pre or post prints in the archive/repository of your university.


When you submit your research to Pure the bottom of the submission page displays which full text version you are permitted to archive.


You personally are responsible that copyright be respected!


The University of Southern Denmark advises scientists to retain the rights to your own publications to the greatest extent possible. Therefore you should carefully consider whether you wish to relinquish all rights to a journal or publisher. You should also remain aware of the option to publish Open Access, when you enter a publishing contract. Remember that you as the author own the copyright until anything else is agreed to.


You can read more about publishing contracts (link in Danish) at the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.






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