Open access

Open access (OA) means that you can freely access research information on the internet. The purpose of OA is to make research results more useful and accessible to more people.

Researchers funded by the Foundation must publish their research results open access, that is, freely available online. This applies to peer-reviewed journal articles and conference publications. This rule came into force on 1 January 2011. The requirement does not apply to projects approved previously, although the Foundation would like to see everyone opting for OA publication.

OA publishing may take place in two main ways. Either researchers can publish directly in an online OA journal where the publication immediately becomes freely available, or they can opt for ‘parallel publishing’. The researchers then publish their articles in the usual way in academic journals. However, their agreement with the journal permits them to store their articles at the same time, or within six months at the most, in an open archive where it is freely available online. The parallel published version must be the final, fully edited and approved text for publication.

Today, the great majority of Swedish HEIs have open archives. Södertörn University has its own publication database in the DiVA portal, which also allows archiving. Publications registered in the University’s open archive will also be accessible on the national SwePub database.

To date, the OA rules have applied solely to peer-reviewed texts in journals and conference reports, and not to monographs or book chapters. Where the latter are concerned, the researchers are encouraged to publish these with open access as well.

The Foundation funds OA publication costs with a flat-rate grant of SEK 30,000 per project, which is automatically added to the project’s budget in the application system.

For further information and useful links about OA, see the National Library of Sweden website, especially kb.se/OpenAccess.