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Doctoral students: Open Access


Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
(Suber, 2013)

Why publish Open Access?

  • Publishing open access can benefit you as a researcher. For instance, studies indicate that open access publications are downloaded, read and cited more often than other articles (McKiernan et al., 2016). 
  • Increased accessibility: Everyone can access and read open access publications online. In contrast, only students and researchers affiliated to institutions that can afford to pay for subscriptions have access to traditional publications.
  • Increased visibility: Researchers can more easily promote and make visible their research output to internal and external users through their web pages and research systems.
  • Research funders and institutions will require funded research to be available in an Open Access repository (green OA) or published in an Open Access journal (gold OA). 

Icelandic repositories

 Opin visindi

The institutional repository for peer reviewed articles published in open access and doctoral dissertations by the Agricultural University of Iceland, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the National and University Library of Iceland, Reykjavik University, the University of Akureyri, Bifröst University, Hólar University College and the University of Iceland. Open access to research results is in accordance with article 10 from the Act on public support for research / 2003 No 3 and is compliant with requirements from international and domestic research fund programs.

Doctoral students at the University of Iceland are required to submit a copy of they´re final theses in Opin vísindi.

Pre-prints, post-prints, publisher´s versions

Pre-print/author´s manuscript. A final version of an article delivered to a publisher for publication. A version of an article that has not been reviewed yet. 

Post-print/accepted manuscript. Author´s final version of an article. The version of the article has been reviewed and accepted for publication in an academic journal. 

Publisher´s version. Published article exactly as it appears in a journal.

Please consult SHERPA/RoMEO for information on individual publishers policies on which of the above mentioned versions they allow authors to publish in a repository (green OA). You can search for a journal titles or an ISSN number.

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Funding for Open Access

Many funders and research institutions have established funds to pay for article or book processing charges in open access journals and/or book publishers. You should find out what options exist at your institution or from your grant provider. If there is no open access funding available to you, find out if any of your co-authors have funds they can apply for.

If your research is funded by national research councils or international funding bodies, like the European Union (Horizon 2020), you may be able to get your article processing charge covered as a part of the grant. Check the guidelines for the grant, or the funder’s website.

Check SHERPA Juliet for information on individual funder´s requirement regarding Open Access.