Publishing open access 

Bioscientifica supports open access to research articles through both 'gold' and 'green' routes. It publishes both fully open-access publications, and subscription journals that offer open-access options ('hybrid' journals). Both types of journal maintain extremely high standards of peer review, production and publication.


An open-access article can be freely accessed online by anyone in the world. With recent developments, the term is often used to mean free access with additional usage rights.

Does open access affect me?

In short, yes! Authors may be mandated to publish in an open-access journal by national policies, funders or their institutions. Authors may also choose to publish open access in order to attract more readers or to retain the copyright to their article.

Readers will be able to access published work free of charge. Anyone can copy, share and make use of work published under a CC-BY licence, e.g. in teaching. Different types of CC-BY licences specify whether work may be used commercially and if derivatives can be made.


What are Green and Gold? Click the image below for a larger version.

Be aware of funder requirements. Check the embargo period in the journal’s instructions for authors. Is this compatible with your funder’s policy? If not, you may have to take the gold route to comply with the funding body.

Information on journal policies can be found on the SHERPA/RoMEO database:


Bioscientifica supports authors by enabling compliance with all funder mandates or preferences for 'gold' or 'green' open access. Please check whether your funder has any requirements for depositing articles in repositories or for the licence terms that articles are published under. Links to funders' policies are listed in Bioscientifica’s open-access policy, and you may also wish to consult the SHERPA/JULIET website.

Beware! Policies are changing all the time


Paying an Article Publication Charge

  • Some funding bodies award block grants to institutions to cover the open-access Article Publication Charge
  • Administration of funds can vary and is the responsibility of the universities; some sit with the library and many now have a dedicated support team for open access
  • Bioscientifica’s open-access journals offer discounts to members of owning and endorsing societies
  • It also offers half-price open-access fees to authors whose institutions subscribe to the hybrid journals
  • Discounts are available to authors from developing countries that feature on the HINARI list at

Listen to the Australasian Associate Editor of EDM Case Reports, Warrick Inder, discuss open access in further detail:


For more detailed information, please see Bioscientifica’s open-access policy.