FAQ Open Access

  • What is Open Access?
  • What does the Swedish Research Council´s decision on Open Access mean?
  • When did the Swedish Research Council´s decision on Open Access take effect?
  • How does one publish via Open Access?
  • What rules does the Swedish Research Council follow for parallel publication?
  • Why did the Swedish Research Council decide on Open Access?
  • What types of publications are covered by the Swedish Research Council´s decision on Open Access?
  • Why are monographs, book chapters etc. not covered by the decision?
  • Is it legal to parallel publish your article in an open archive? As a rule, the publisher has the copyright when you publish in a traditional scientific journal.
  • Is the Open Access requirement compatible with the Government´s bibliometric model for distributing funds? Some of the journals that yield the highest bibliometric points are not Open Access.
  • Can open access benefit me as a scientist? 
  • Open archives do not use peer review. Why does the Swedish Research Council favour this?
  • Open Access journals are dependent on author fees. How do we know that this does not influence their professional judgment?
  • How can researchers afford to pay the fees involved in hybrid publication or publication in Open Access journals?
  • Can the researcher´s expenses for Open Access be considered an indirect cost?
  • Why do funding bodies like the Swedish Research Council mandate Open Access – if Open Access has advantages, e.g. more citations, wouldn´t more authors use it anyway?
  • Will the Swedish Research Council monitor whether or not researchers publish according to the Open Access principles?
  • What is SwePub?
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Updated: 2016-03-01