Making Your Publications Open Access

Queens’s University Library supports Queen’s authors with making their work open access and available to the widest possible audiance.  

There are two established routes to make your publications Open Access: Self-Archive for Free (Green Open Access) and Pay to Publish (Gold Open Access).

Many funding agencies in Canada, the USA and worldwide now require authors to make publications arising from supported research freely available online. See: Meeting Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Requirements.

Self-Archive for Free (Green Open Access)

Deposit your peer-reviewed Accepted Author Manuscript into QSpace.

Open access can be immediate or restricted: if your publisher of choice stipulates a fixed period of time (an embargo) before the full-text of your article can be viewed freely online, the library will only make available the descriptive metadata about your work (e.g. title, author(s), and abstract) until after the embargo period has elapsed. 

You may also wish to deposit your works into a subject-based open access repository related to your discipline.

The Green Route - what this means for you

  • It’s free – there are no open access Article Processing Charges (APC) 
  • Enables you to meet the open access requirements of the Tri-Agency. See: Meeting Tri-Agency OA Requirements
  • Increased visibility and discoverability of your work through web search engines
  • Your work in QSpace will be professionally indexed and described, including careful linking to the latest and any other important versions, ensuring correct attribution and citation
  • You can track the exposure of your work such as usage statistics by city, country and other metrics
  • Ensures secure and perpetual access to your digital assets as web links, technologies or formats change.

For these reasons the Library recommends the self-archiving route.

How to Deposit to QSpace

Simply email a PDF of your Accepted Author Manuscript or Completed/Published version of record to The Library's Mediated Deposit Service will take care of the rest!

Mediated Deposit to QSpace by the Library

Once the Library receives your publication for deposit to QSpace we will:

  • Check and adhere to the open access and copyright policy of your publisher (SHERPA/RoMEO provides an overview of publishers’ copyright and open access policies). We will only make the full text of your work available as per the terms of that policy, including implementing any required embargo on online access.
  • Deposit your work in to QSpace: home to Queen's University's open access research.
  • Provide guidance from QSpace to any final published version of your work (only accessible to readers with an institutional or personal subscription), ensuring correct attribution and citation.
  • Provide usage statistics on your publications.

Useful Links

Does my funder require me to make my publication Open Access? SHERPA: Juliet

Does my publisher policy enable Green Open Access and/or Gold Open Access? SHERPA: Romeo

Pay to Publish (Gold Open Access)

Publish your final, peer-reviewed Accepted Author Manuscript in an Open Access Journal. Access is free to the final published versions of articles, immediately on publication.

The publisher requires an Article Processing Charges which may include Open Access charges.

The Gold Route - what this means for you

  • Enables you to meet the open access requirements of the 3 major federal funding agencies. See: Meeting Tri-Agency OA Requirements
  • You may need to factor in Article Processing Charges as an eligible expense under the ‘Use of Grant Funds’ section of your grant application.

Find an Open Access Journal

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): a comprehensive index of high quality open access journal.

DOAJ & Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

The Committee on Publication Ethics, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the World Association of Medical Editors have collaborated in an effort to identify 'Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing' that set apart legitimate journals and publishers from non-legitimate ones. These principles form part of the criteria on which membership applications to the DOAJ will be evaluated.

DOAJ Seal for Open Access Journals

To highlight journals that adhere to best practices in open access publishing the DOAJ have created the 'DOAJ Seal for Open Access Journals'.  

The Seal is awarded based on the information provided in the application submitted by the publisher to have their journal indexed in the DOAJ. The qualifiers for the Seal highlight features related to accessibility, openness, discoverability, reuse and author rights and have nothing to do with the scholarly quality of the papers published. This is addressed via the journal's peer-review processes.   

Identifying and Avoiding Predatory Publishers

Gold Open Access Publishing Fees - Available Discounts

The Library is a member of a number of publisher’s or Open Access (OA) supporter schemes which entitle Queen’s University faculty, researchers and staff to discounts on open access publication fees or Article Processing Charges (APC).

Please Ask Us, for more information on open access fees.

All of the publishers listed here comply with Tri-Agency open access requirements:

  • CRKN-Negotiated APC Discounts
    • As a member institution Queen's researchers can access article processing charge (APC) discounts for the American Chemical Society, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Science Publishing, Elsevier ScienceDirect, SAGE, and Taylor & Francis.
    • SAGE: Queen's participates in a new transformative agreement whereby researchers will be able to publish articles in SAGE Choice hybrid journals under an open access license with no associated Article Processing Charge (APC).
  • ICE Publishing
    • Queen’s University is a subscribing institution of the Institution of Civil Engineers journal.
    • Authors receive 20% off the OA fees for Gold and Hybrid OA journals
    • Queens's Authors must self-identify when submitting a manuscript to an open access journal in order to receive any discount on fees.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Queen's University subscribes to the RSC Gold package of journals.
    • Under the RSC Gold for Gold scheme Queen's is entitled to eight (8) vouchers which can be used by Queen's University researchers to publish their papers in RSC journals free of charge, as Gold Open Access articles, without paying the normal APCs.
    • RSC provides a list of titles included in this scheme.
    • To be considered for one of these vouchers please Ask Us to submit a request to the Subject Liaison Librarian, Department of Chemistry.
    • Queens's Authors must self-identify when submitting a manuscript to an open access journal in order to receive any discount on fees.


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