Types of Open Access

Different types of OA at Karger include, Gold, Hybrid and Green OA:


  Gold Open Access Hybrid Open Access Platinum/Diamond
Open Access
Green Open Access
What is the difference?
  • Articles are free for all to read and re-use immediately upon publication

  • The Version of Record (VOR) (final, published article) is OA

  • Individual articles in a hybrid journal can be either OA or subscription-based

  • Version of record is OA

  • Some hybrid journals are Transformative Journals

  • Articles are free for all to read and re-use immediately upon publication

  • The Version of Record (VOR) (final, published article) is OA

  • Sometimes becomes OA after an embargo, not upon publication

  • OA version is generally the accepted manuscript (AAM) instead of the VoR

  • Rights/reuse are limited

Who pays?
  • Research institutions, funders or authors

  • Research institutions, funders or authors

  • A sponsoring organization such as a government agency, research institution or funding body

  • No costs involved

What charges apply?
  • Article Processing Charge (APC)

  • No costs for authors

  • No additional charges for Open Access

Which licenses, copyright, and self-archiving policies apply?
  • Authors retain copyright

  • Default license is the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 4.0

  • Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) is applied when required by funders or institutions

  • Authors retain copyright

  • Default license is the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 4.0

  • Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) is applied when required by funders or institutions and in Transformative Journals

  • Authors retain copyright

  • Default license is the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 4.0

  • Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) is applied when required by funders or institutions

  • Publisher holds copyright

  • The author’s accepted manuscript (AAM, i.e. accepted manuscript after peer review but before production) may be self-archived on the author’s personal or the institution’s internal website

  • AAM may be made available in public Open Access repositories and scientific networks 12 months following publication of the VoR


For more details on policies, see How can I share it? Karger policies on Open Access, licensing and self-archiving can also be found at Sherpa Romeo.

Open Access Licenses and Copyright

Most Open Access publications apply a Creative Commons license to specify rights and permissions associated with the article, building on copyright.

Most Karger Open Access articles are distributed under the default license, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) is applied when mandated by research funders, such as those who have signed onto Plan S.

Open Access articles in Karger Transformative Journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license.

Permitted reuse under these licenses is outlined in the following:


CC BY-NC
Logo Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License

Attribution

Commercial use requires permission from Karger

Adaptations or translations require permission from Karger


CC BY
Logo Creative Commons Attribution License

Attribution

Commercial use requires permission from Karger

Adaptations or translations require permission from Karger



When sharing or reusing any article, attribution must be given to the original source, using the statement:

‘The final, published version of this article is available at https://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number] (e.g. https://www.karger.com/?doi=10.1159/000365070).

Correct attribution helps ensure that citations can be credited to articles.
Find full versions and details of the licenses CC BY-NC and CC BY on the Creative Commons website.

Copyright Terms

The copyright of Open Access articles is retained by the authors. Authors grant S. Karger AG, Basel, an exclusive unlimited license to publish the article under a Creative Commons License and identify S. Karger AG as the original publisher. Submission of an article for publication implies the authors’ consent to publication under the applicable Creative Commons License and the terms and conditions of the Publisher’s Licensing Agreement.

Open Access Charges and Funding

In contrast to subscription journals, in which readers or libraries pay to access content, Open Access is generally enabled by a one-time fee, the Article Processing Charge (APC). The APC is usually paid by institutions, funders or authors upon acceptance of a paper. For articles in Open Access journals and Open Access articles in Transformative Journals, the APC is the only charge levied. In hybrid journals, Open Access articles can be published by selecting Author’s ChoiceTM.

Finding Funds for Open Access

There are several possibilities to find funds for Open Access publication.

  • Many institutions have Open Access agreements that cover APCs.
  • A growing number of libraries and institutions have an Open Access fund to pay for APCs. The Open Access Directory lists some major institutions with such publication funds, and authors can contact their institutions or libraries to ask about the options.
  • If you are the recipient of a grant, your funder may pay for or reimburse you for APCs. Check your funder’s policies or contact your funding body to learn more.
  • Some journals, known as Platinum or Diamond Open Access, do not levy APCs as costs are paid by a sponsoring organization.
  • If none of the above resources are available, authors from low-income and lower-middle-income countries may be eligible for an APC waiver or discount.

Other authors who do not have means to pay an APC can also apply for waivers or discounts by requesting one when submitting their papers. Note that authors wishing to apply for a waiver must do so during the submission process to avoid delays in the event that the article is accepted.

Requests made during the review process or after acceptance are unlikely to be considered. Information about waiver requests is not disclosed to the editors or reviewers and does not affect the decision whether to accept the manuscript. Waivers are not offered for Open Access publication via Author’s Choice as authors without funds to publish Open Access in these journals can publish via the subscription route.

Please note that Karger generally cannot reimburse APCs after publication. Authors seeking a refund should contact us.

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