RJ’s Board have resolved to encourage RJ-supported researchers to publish their results on an Open Access basis. Open Access (OA) means unrestricted availability of published scholarly information on the Internet. OA makes research findings more useful and accessible to more people.
There are two main ways of achieving OA.
One is ‘parallel publishing’. The researcher publishes an article, in the usual way, in an academic journal (or conference publication) without OA. Simultaneously, or after some delay, a copy is deposited in an open archive to which there is unrestricted online access. Today, most Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) have open archives. Publications registered and deposited in the HEIs’ open archives are also to be made available through SwePub, the national search service. The archived copy must be the manuscript that has been fully reviewed and approved for publication, either in the publisher’s graphic format or in the form of the author’s own version.
The second option is to publish the article in an ‘Open Access journal’, where it immediately becomes freely available online. In some cases, OA journals charge authors for publication.
Open Access guidelines