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Open Access publications

Open Access (OA) refers to scientific publications that are freely accessible to all, ie. No subscription or license to publishers or journals is required to access the published research results. Aarhus University recommends that researchers publish as much as possible OA (read more about AUs Open Access policy),  and it is a requirement that OA publishing is registered in Pure .

Once you have registered a publication in Pure as OA, this will be indicated by the symbol:

As a researcher, you can give free access (OA) to your publication in two ways, which is reflected in the manner in which the publication is to be registered in Pure.

OA-publication in Journals (Golden Open Access)

Open Access publishing in journals often requires authors to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). On the other hand, there is free access for everyone to the article via the journal's website.

There are clean Open Access journals such as PLoS One, Internet Archeology, Lancet Global Health, etc., where there is free access to all articles (this is often called 'Golden OA'). In addition, there are traditional license or subscription magazines that allow Open Access to be published by paying an APC for each item for which there is free access, while for the rest of the articles in the journal there is no free access ( This is often called 'Hybrid OA').

It is apparent from the journal's website whether the journal is an Open Access journal, or if the journal allows for hybrid OA.

How to register OA publishing in journals (Golden OA)

Add DOI:

Note that DOI is added automatically when importing from most online sources (eg from Scopus or PubMed):

Specify Document Version and Public Access to File:

(Read more about Creative Commons Licenses here: http://library.au.dk/en/researchers/copyright/creative-commons/)  

Update and then the Open Access symbol will appear:

On the public webpage, the symbol for Open Access will also appear next to the article:

Be aware that the symbol  should always appear after you have registered an OA publication, but never when your publication is NOT freely accessible to all .


You can of course add other links and upload files, but always remember to check what you are allowed to do in regards to copyright.


Self-archiving / Parallel Publishing (Green Open Access)

This means that the researcher uploads a full text version of his publication in Pure, for which there is free access for all, sometimes only after a embargo period set by the journal.

Many journals allow parallel publishing, but be aware that it is rarely allowed to upload the publisher's own version (the final PDF version). Instead, it's often the postprint version, also called 'accepted manuscript' that needs to be uploaded. The post-print version is the researcher's own (word) version, which is assumed and ready for publication, ie after peer review and the author's insertion of corrections and additions. Uploaded files of earlier versions, such as the submitted script (also called pre-print) are not considered to be open access.

What exactly is allowed for self-filing depends on the publisher's / journal's general policy in the area and the agreed agreement for the individual article ('copyright transfer agreement'). Read more about copyright here: http://library.au.dk/en/researchers/copyright/

How to self-archive / parallel publish in Pure (Green OA)

Upload file:

Before uploading the file, consider favoring adding a cover sheet. Read how to make a cover sheet here

Note that DOI is added automatically when importing from most online sources (eg from Scopus or PubMed) and the screen looks like this:

When DOI has been added, keep in mind the version (publisher's version) and access (closed).

 Click 'Create' and the image will look like this:

The Open Access symbol (open padlock) will not be visible until the embargo period has expired.

On the public web page side, it will look like this (The Open Access symbol will not appear until the embargo period expired):

Please be aware that the symbol should always appear after you have registered an OA publication, but never when your publication is NOT freely accessible to all.


You can of course add other links and upload files, but always remember to check what you are allowed to do in regard to copyright.


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