Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Open Access

What is Gold and Diamond Open Access?

Gold Open Access allows immediate access to the published article in a subscription journal or an Open Access journal. This immediate access is usually achieved by payment of a fee (Article Processing Charge or APC) to the publisher, from the author, their employer, or their funder. These fees can range in cost, but typically cost anywhere from £500 to £4000!


However, it is always important to bear in mind that there are many reputable Open Access publications which do not require a fee in order to make your output open on publication. This is known as Diamond or Platinum Open Access. Diamond Open Access is gaining much more momentum and could be the answer to a sustainable Open Access future. A good place to look for these titles is via the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or via the OPERAS OA Diamond Journals Study, commissioned by cOAlition S.


Whilst the status of the University is Green, and we are committed to this route to achieve Open Access via our institutional repository, UDORA, we may still be able to support your choice to publish Gold Open Access. There are limited funds available via the University and there is a process in place to request these funds. Please see below for further information. 


Funding from the University of Derby

There is limited funding available for researchers at the University of Derby to request funds for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Gold Open Access. This funding is available on a first come, first served basis. For more details, please see the Open Access pages on the staff intranet

Open Access books

The Open Access movement is now gaining momentum in the scholarly monograph/ book space. Many research funders will now require books to be made Open Access if in receipt of their funding for a research project. Researchers are also choosing to publish their books Open Access to increase dissemination and access to their work. 

To help support University of Derby authors, we have a membership with Open Book Publishers which is an option for any researcher wanting to publish a monograph Open Access. Open Book Publishers are an academic-led, not-for-profit book publisher of Open Access books. They do not charge a Book Processing Charge (BPC) but as a not-for-profit organisation, they do ask that publication grants are sourced wherever possible. However, they will not penalise authors who are unable to secure grants. More information on publishing a monograph/ book with OBP is available on their website and Author Guide.