Publish open access
According to KI’s policy for open access, researchers have to make their peer-reviewed publications openly and freely available. This should be done immediately, at the time of publishing when possible. This can be acheived by either publishing your article open access or by self-archiving your manuscript in an open archive.
Publish your article open access in a journal
Open Access/APC Checker Tool
Most journals offer researchers the possibility to publish open access by paying an article processing charge (APC). KI take part in several agreements with publishers where this charge is fully prepaid or where there is a discount for KI researchers. In the search tool "Open Access/APC Checker Tool" you can search for a specific journal title to see if it is included in an open access agreement with prepaid publishing fees/APC:s. If a journal is included you will find a link to more information about the agreement and author instructions.
A quick guide– publish your article open access in a journal
Use the search box above to find a journal with prepaid publishing fees. Please follow the link in the search result to read more about what's included in KIB's agreement. The next step is to submit your manuscript to the journal. Remember to use your @ki.se address and that you need to be the corresponding author and affiliated with Karolinska Institutet. After the article has been accepted, choose open access publishing and sign a Creative Commons license. Lastly, the University Library confirms that you are eligible for the prepaid plan. As a result, your article is immediately published open access.
Self-archiving of a manuscript in an open repository
Many journals allow you to self-archive a version of your article in an open archive (green open access). Self-archiving may be subject to some form of restriction, usually an embargo period of six months or more. The version of the manuscript permitted by the journal publisher may also vary. The version that most research funders and Plan S approve is the peer reviewed and final version of the article called the Author's Accepted Manuscript (AAM) (also called postprint). The Sherpa Romeo database provides information on any restrictions.
KI:s open archive is called KI Open Archive. Find more information on how to self-archiving your manuscript (or the published article if the publisher permit this) in KI Open Archive: Self-archiving your article
Agreements with pre-paid publishing fees, APC:s
The library has agreements with publishers where the publishing fees / APC:s are prepaid for researchers at Karolinska Institutet. These agreements are listed here: Agreements with pre-paid publishing fees, APC:s. There are also agreements that give researchers at Karolinska Institutet discounts on the publication fees they pay themselves.
Research funders demanding open access publishing
- European Research Council (ERC): Open Access
- Forte: Guidelines for Publication with Open Access
- Formas: Open science
- Horizon 2020 (EU-kommissionen): Open access & Data management
- Swedish Research Council: Publishing your research open access
To choose a license
There are many reasons to choose an open license for your publication, often it is the research funders' requirement and it is also a requirement in KI's open access policy. More information on choosing an open license can be found on the page Open licenses (CC BY).
The FAIR principles
The FAIR principles were originally designed for research data, but have also begun to be applied to publications. According to KI's open access policy, publications must, whenever possible, comply with the FAIR principles.
More information on open access
Here we have gathered common terms related to open access and put together answers to the most frequent questions.
Policy for open access at Karolinska Institutet
To publish your article open access is a demand in the Policy for open publication at Karolinska Institutet.