Scholarly Communications at Mount Sinai: Types of Open Access
Types of Open Access Journals
Types of Open Access Journals:
Green – refers to self-archiving generally of the pre or post-print in repositories. There are three basic version types that can be self-archived in repositories:
- Pre-Prints – The author's copy of article before it’s been reviewed by the publisher, or pre-reviewed
- Post-Prints – The author's copy of article after it’s been reviewed and corrected, but before the publisher has formatted it for publication, or post-reviewed. Also called an accepted manuscript.
Gold – refers to articles in fully accessible open access journals or one that are in hybrid journals, which are subscription journals with open access to individual articles usually when a fee is paid to the publisher or journal by the author, the author's organization, or the research funder.
Diamond– refers to open access journals that do not require a fee to publish; also called sponsored or platinum journals. Fees are paid by an institution, grants, philanthropy, or other sources.
Bronze– refers to journals where the license or copyright is not clear; may only be free to read.
Sources: Laura Burtle, "Types of Open Access," Georgia State University Library, 2017; Robert Harington, "Diamond Open Access, Societies and Mission," Scholarly Kitchen, 2017; Jon Brock, "'Bronze' Open Access Supersedes Green and Gold," Nature Index, 2018.