What is Gold Open Access?

Gold Open Access is a publishing model that ensures free access to peer-reviewed articles through Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Gold Open Access


These APCs are fees that a publisher imposes on the author of an article to cover the costs of publishing and ensuring open access to the article. Usually, the APCs are paid for by authors, institutions or research funders. APCs can be as high as 3000 euros per article.

Gold Journals

Gold Open Access is offered by Open Access Journals and by hybrid journals, the latter only lifting access barriers for some of their articles.

Two models

There are two principal models of Gold OA: with and without an embargo period. During an embargo period access to a publication is still limited. Only after this embargo period an article is accessible for all to read. Major publishers such as Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Wiley and Cambridge University Press require embargo periods for some of their journals. Other publishers, such as Biomed, PLoS, and PeerJ allow immediate open access (no embargo period) to their journal articles. Read more about embargo periods here.