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Open Access

Indiana University's Guide to Open Access

Advantages and Disadvantages of Publishing OA


  • Remain compliant with specific funder requirements 
  • Increased access and readership of your work
  • Greater citation impact (see research on the Open Access Citation Advantage) 
  • Participation in building a sustainable academic community


  • Publication fees or author processing charges (APCs) in order to publish OA at certain journals 
  • Continued incorrect perceptions about the rigor and quality of OA publications 

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Green vs. Gold Open Access

There are two types of Open Access: green and gold. IUScholarWorks supports green open access by providing a repository for authors to deposit their work in. Here's a more extended explanation of the differences: 


Types of Open Access