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About open access

Open access means that research results are published freely on the internet. There are several advantages with open access. Research results are distributed faster and have larger impact, which brings advantages both to the researchers and to the community, which benefits from the new research results. A common argument for open access is that research financed by public funds should be available to the public.

Freely available means that it is free for anyone to read, download, print, copy and distribute a work, provided that the creator is lawfully acknowledged. It is mainly research articles and conference papers that are published open access, but raw data, metadata, source material, digital images, multimedia etc. are also affected by open access.

The KTH policy for scholarly publishing urges researchers to aim at publishing open access.

Two roads to open access

One speaks of two roads to open access. The green road, so called self-archiving, means that a copy, often the final accepted manuscript, of a publication that has been published traditionally by a publisher is uploaded in an open institutional repository, for example DiVA, or a disciplinary repository. The golden road means publishing in an open access journal where the article is made freely available immediately.

Open access and KTH

The KTH policy for scholarly publishing states that as a researcher you should aim at publishing open access. The proportion for KTH's publishing in open access appears in an ​​​​​​​annual report  from the library. Down below you can read more about different options for publishing open access at KTH.


If you are employed by KTH you can self-archive in the KTH publication database DiVA​​​​​​​. The terms for self-archiving vary between different publishers and journals, consult SHERPA/RoMEO to check the terms of a specific publisher or journal. Contact us if you are not sure what applies to your article.

Publishing in an open access journal

Today there are a large number of open access journals. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) ​​​​​​​ is a database containing quality controlled scientific journals.

Publishing in an open access journal sometimes means paying a fee (APC). When applying for research funding, also apply for funding to cover publishing costs. Many funders specifically state that they award funding for this purpose.

KTH has agreements​​​​​​​ with a large number of publishers to reduce publishing costs.

Open access agreements with publishers ​​​​​​​.

How to get access to free information resources  when you are an alumni and need to get access to scientific articles and books.

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The library staff can help you with questions regarding the publishing process, open access publishing, research data, bibliometrics and altmetrics.


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