Short Glossary of Open Access Publishing

Author: Vera Koester

Explaining the 10 most important terms of open access (OA) publishing. Terms such as article processing/publication charge (APC), hybrid journal, gold and green OA, double-dipping, repository, preprint server, version of record are explained.


Open Access articles can be published under different licenses

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License: Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to distribute, share, and re-use the work of others within the framework of national copyright laws. Depending on the journal, an author may publish an OA article under

  • CC BY (Attribution) allows to share, remix, and make money when mentioning the author.
  • CC BY NC (Attribution Non-Commercial) allows to share and remix when mentioning the author.
  • CC BY NC ND (Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivs) allows to share when mentioning the author, keeping the same license, making no money, and don’t remixing.


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