Open Access Open Access refers to the free access to scientific publications via the Internet. Open Access is supported by scientific organisations, universities and libraries around the world. The aims of these efforts are: fast, worldwide dissemination of scientific information free access to the results of publicly funded research increased visibility and citation frequency of documents simplified reusage for further research promotion of interdisciplinary and international cooperation long-term availability of documents If you are interested in publishing the results of your research Open Access, we offer several services for you. What is Open Access? There are currently two major paths to Open Access: Green Open Access: Self-archiving or secondary publication of conventionally published articles on subject-specific or institutional servers. At the University of St.Gallen, the Institutional Repository Alexandria is available for this. Gold Open Access: Original publication of scientific articles in quality assured (peer reviewed) Open Access journals In 2006, major Swiss scientific organizations, including the University of St. Gallen, signed the Berlin Declaration. Starting 2007, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is obliging grant recipients to publish their research results Open Access. The University of St.Gallen has established its Open Access Policy in 2007 as well. In 2017 and 2018, swissuniversities and the SNSF adopted a national Open Access strategy for Switzerland and a corresponding action plan with the aim that by 2024 "all publicly funded scientific publications must be freely accessible on the Internet”. Additional information Institutional Repository Alexandria Swissuniversities Open Access SNSF Open Access Journals Open Access journals cover the same range of subjects and can provide quality as conventional publications. Special features are: The digital publication has priority over the printed form. The articles are freely accessible on the Internet from the time of their publication (no embargo period for the latest issues). The publication costs are covered by alternative financing models instead of subscription or license fees. Around a quarter of OA journals require the payment of publication fees (pre-financing model). Additional information Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ Predatory Journals / Publishers When selecting a suitable journal or publisher for Open Access publication, authors should exercise a certain degree of caution. Predatory Publishers or Journals promise that, like reputable publishers, they will offer services as peer review, marketing or indexing in relevant databases or indices in return for an Article Processing Charge. However, these services are either offered in inferior quality or not at all. These unethical business practices not only damage the scientific publication landscape but can also have an impact on the reputation of authors who publish in such Predatory Journals. Potential warning signs that may indicate a Predatory Journal: The website of the journal looks unprofessional, e.g. bad layout, advertising etc. Journal has no ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, unique identifier, equivalent to ISBN for books) or the given ISSN can’t be verified No access to archives of previous published content Editorial Board is not listed Editorial Board is listed, but members can’t be found online Missing information on author’s rights Missing or very short Peer Review: immediate publication, lacking quality control etc. When in doubt, these resources can be useful when selecting a journal for Open Access publication: Journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ Journal is referenced in relevant subject databases or citation indices Publisher is member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association OASPA or the Committee on Publication Ethics COPE Think Check Submit offers further information If you should have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Discounts on Open Access publication Cambridge University Press 100% Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of St.Gallen can publish Open Acess at no additional cost in participating Cambridge University Press Journals. Elsevier 100% Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of can publish Open Acess at no additional cost in participating Elsevier Journals. Journals from Cell Press, The Lancet and various society owned journals published by Elsevier are excluded from the agreement. There is a cap on the annual number of eligible articles from all participating Swiss HEIs.* IEEE Corresponding authors affiliated with the University can publish Gold Open Access in selected IEEE Journals. There is a cap on the annual number of eligible articles from all participating Swiss HEIs.* If you should be interested to learn more about this, please contact email@example.com. MDPI 20% The Library is part of MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program IOAP. To benefit from this agreement, authors must select their affiliation with the University of St.Gallen. Once an article is accepted, authors will be invoiced directly from MDPI, with a 20% discount on the current APCs. SAGE 100% Corresponding authors affiliated with the University can publish Open Access in participating SAGE Journals. The discount is 100% for Hybrid Open Access, 20% for Gold Open Access. Springer 100% Corresponding authors affiliated with the University can publish Open Acess at no additional cost in participating Springer Journals. Nature Journals are not covered by this. Additional charges (e.g. colour charges, offprints etc.) are also not covered. There is a cap on the annual number of eligible articles from all participating Swiss HEIs.* Taylor & Francis 100% Corresponding authors affiliated with the University can publish Open Access at no additional cost in participating Taylor & Francis Journals. Premier Tier 2 Journals are not covered by this agreement. There is a cap on the annual number of eligible articles from all participating Swiss HEIs.* Wiley 100% Corresponding authors affiliated with the University can publish Open Access at no additional cost in participating Wiley Journals. This is offer is valid for articles that are accepted for publication after May 1st, 2021. There is a cap on the annual number of eligible articles from all participating Swiss HEIs.* * Publishers with an annual cap on the number of eligible articles: once the annual cap is reached, you can either provide the funding for the Open Access publication of an article in the journal yourself, or you can opt for Green Open Access publication in the institutional repository Alexandria, accoring to the rights you retained in your publishing agreement. Institutional Repository Alexandria The Institutional Repository of the University of St.Gallen is part of the Alexandria research platform. In addition to publications, Alexandria contains personal profiles and information on research projects at the HSG. All this research information is freely accessible worldwide and can also be found via various search engines (Google Scholar, BASE, Unpaywall). The platform is a service of Vice-President's Board (Research & Faculty). It has been established in 2005 and is part of the implantation strategy of the University’s Open Access Policy. Publications in Alexandria: Articles from academic journals Contributions from conference proceedings Book chapters Monographs Other scientific contributions: Working papers, research reports, newspaper articles, radio or TV features Researchers can enter information on their publications and projects directly in Alexandria and upload full texts. The information becomes accessible online to everyone immediately after it has been entered. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Open Access Policy of the University of St.Gallen The Senate of the University of St.Gallen has adopted an Open Access Policy in 2007. This Policy is further substantiated in a Regulation on the Open Access Policy. Further information SHERPA/RoMEO - Online service collecting the policies of more than 22'000 academic journals on copyright and self-archiving. Creative Commons - Information on the Creative Commons license system. SPARC - Global initiative for the advancement of Open Science (Open Access, Open Data, Open Education) with in depth information on author rights.