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From Research to Publication: A Researcher’s Guide to Open Access

In this guide, we’ll share our insights about Open Access and address different types of open access questions and concerns to help you, as a researcher or administrative team member, to better understand, know, and feel confident navigating the world of Open Access. The guide is based on our experience at ChronosHub serving researchers, institutions, publishers, and research funders with their open access questions, challenges, and workflows.

You can read four of the chapters online or download the full booklet, so you have all of our knowledge in one place. Oh, and feel free to share it with as many people as you want.

What you'll gain from our Open Access Guide

  • A broad understanding of what Open Access is and how it
    impacts your publishing journey
  • A solid understanding of what article processing charges are,
    the role they play in your publishing journey, and what they
    mean in relation to different open access and subscription
  • Fundamental insights into the interplay between open access
    and funder requirements and what compliance and payment
    eligibility mean
  • Essential insights into what agreement are, what they cover,
    and why they are needed, including open access agreements,
    institutional agreements, vouchers, discounts, and waivers


At the beginning of 2022, we kicked off a new webinar series – a series specifically tailored to give researchers a true a-z insight into the world of Open Access!

Of course, you have to walk before you can run. So, for our first webinar, we gave our audience a chance to familiarize themselves with the concept of Open Access and the
aspects that are essential to understanding what it’s all about.

The second webinar covered article processing charges, more commonly known as APCs – the most common upfront fee typically charged to authors to allow them to have their
work made freely and instantly accessible on a publisher’s website.

In the third webinar, we uncovered some of the most common funder requirements in open access publishing and discussed how a researcher could deal with these requirements.

Our last webinar in the series we looked at open access agreements – every agreement is
different, but to get an idea of what they looks like, we've looked at some of the specifics and quirks that make up agreements.

Publisher Relations & Business Development Manager, Romy Beard, and Customer Care Specialist and researcher, Laura Davidson from ChronosHub, led all the webinars, guiding the audience through educational and interactive sessions with polls and questions from engaged viewers.

We collected all the insights in this guide so you can get a comprehensive overview and easy access to all the content we’ve produced.

Happy reading!

What is Open Access?

Open Access, and in short OA, refers to a publishing model and broad international movement where academic research is made freely available online to the reader at no cost.

There are no financial, legal, or technical barriers, meaning that anyone can read, download, copy, and distribute the article, which is different from the
traditional subscription models where the reader pays a fee to obtain access to scholarly information.

This guide will dig into the different open access models and journal types, describe national open access strategies, and help you locate the right resources that can assist you on your open access publishing journey.

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