What does open access cost?

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When you have chosen the journals best suited for your research, find out about their open access policies. A good way to do this is checking the SHERPA/RoMEO service (instructions), but usually also the universities’ libraries are able to help you in this.

When the policies of the funding agency and those of the publisher are not in conflict, i.e. if the funding agency requires open access to the publication e.g. within 6 months and the publisher allows it, the Green Open Access route is available, which is free of charge.

Often however, the embargo period of the publisher is longer than that  required by the funding agency, in which case you have to choose Gold Open Access. In gold open access, the article processing charges vary from a few hundred euros up to a few thousand euros, so you should check the charges in advance from the publication website, where they are usually listed under article processing charges (APC).

Open access policies of international publishers

Below are links to some publishers open access terms. The Sherpa/ RoMEO service provided by University of Nottingham provides summaries of general open access policies of publishers. Individual journals may also have some rules that differ from the usual practices. The current details have been added in 2015, so please see the publisher sites  for the most recent information.

Guide to interpreting the Sherpa/RoMEO service for clear instructions on the use of the service. The accuracy of the Sherpa/RoMEO details is sufficient for applying for funding, but when concluding the actual publishing agreement, check the details directly from the journal publisher. When checking the publisher open access policy, be sure to check the embargo period and compare it with the maximum embargo allowed by the funding agency funding your research. For example for Horizon 2020 funded research the maximum embargo period is  six months from publication  except for twelve months for publications in the social sciences and humanities.



Cambridge University Press

IEEE Transactions on


Open access policies of Finnish scientific publishers

Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

  • administrator of a site listing open access e-journals published in Finland
  • offers Open Journal Systems software to help with editing, peer review and publishing of papers

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Annales Academiæ Scientiarum Fennicæ Matematica

  • publishes original articles in the field of mathematics retroactively as of 1993

Boreal Environmental Research

Journal of Structural Mechanics


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