FAQ on Open Access publishing

Here is a collection of answers to the most common questions concerning Open Access publishing.

Where to publish?

  • DTU recommends that you use the most relevant and acknowledged publication channels.
  • DTU recommends publishing in Open Access journals when they considered to be a par with traditional journals and do not involve unreasonable fees.
  • DTU recommends that you maintain the right to self-archiving in DTU Orbit.

PilSee which journals are the most used at your department and what their rules for self-archiving are.

How to self-archive?

  • Most publishers allow self-archiving/green Open Access. You can check a journal's rules for self-archiving at Sherpa/RoMEO. Typically you are allowed to self-archive the peer-reviewed manuscript (i.e. post-print) and it is therefore crucial that you save this document. 
  • Self-archiving in DTU Orbit is done via DTU Library.

Which licence to choose?

  • DTU recommends that articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) where the writer is acknowledged for his/her work via citation. 

How much does open access publishing cost?

  • Not all Open Access journals will charge you for publishing. Most golden Open Access journals will charge around 1500 USD in article processing charge for publications. Most hybrid journals charge around 3000 USD, but DTU researchers are sometimes eligible for a discounts.
  • Open Access costs are paid by the departments at DTU. Some grants will refund the cost, among others EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

What must I pay attention to?

  • Check if the organisation that has granted money for the research demands that the results are made available Open Access. 
  • Avoid Open Access journals which only seek to exploit the Open Access potential. Always choose publishers and journals on the basis of who the editor is, who has published in the journal earlier and whether the journal is acknowledged and cited among peers.
  • If possible avoid hybrid Open Access (double payment/double dipping) - that is paying for Open Access in traditional journals (APCs). A payment like this will often be more expensive than actual Open Access journals and DTU recommends that you instead archive your final manuscript, the post-print, in DTU Orbit.



If you need personal advice regarding open access, please contact DTU Library's open access team: openaccess@dtu.dk