Understanding the different types of open access

In this video…

Confused about gold and green open access options?

In this video we explain the different types of open access to give you the information you need to make the right choice for your research article.

Understanding Gold vs Green Open Access


Gold OA means that the final published version of your article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read. An article publishing charge (APC) is usually applicable if you publish gold OA.

With gold open access you can:

Share your research anywhere you choose as soon as it’s published.

Comply with any funder mandates to publish OA.

Keep copyright of your work post-publication.

Publish under a license with few or no restrictions on how people can reuse your work.

Of course, they must still credit you if they do so.


Green OA, also known as self-archiving, is when you post an earlier version of your manuscript in repositories and online. This enables you to share your article without having to pay an APC. 

Authors publishing in any Taylor & Francis Group journal can take advantage of the green open access route. This includes depositing a version of your article in an institutional or subject repository, as well as posting it on your blog or social media profile.

Please note that an embargo period usually applies.

Help me understand…

Open access

Open select


Our authors discuss the impact of their open access research

Climate Justice and the Importance of OA

“We need this open climate to have a discussion about global issues. And if we have a discussion about global issues without including people in certain parts of the world, is that really open? Is that really justice? I think not.”

Elisie Kåresdotter, Taylor & Francis Author

History that Packs a Punch

“By publishing open access your article is almost guaranteed to have a wider reach. Additionally, it’s more likely to be picked up and engaged with by people out of your own specific sub-field (and beyond academia).”

Tyler Rainford, Taylor & Francis Author

Breaking the Japanese Government Cipher

“Having good ciphers available is important for secure communication, government communication, but also commercial communication, and even private communication – you want to have some privacy and security.”

Martin Kreuzer, Taylor & Francis Author

AI and the Future of Employment

“You want your paper to be read by as many as possible. I still choose exactly which journal suits my work. Basically, it’s the same thing as publishing behind a paywall but you get more readers.”

Johnny Långstedt, Taylor & Francis Author

Authors publishing in The Signature Review Series in the journal Virulence share their experiences.

Authors from across STEM and the humanities share why they choose open access.