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Open Access (OA) is the practice of making published research freely accessible to all. Hypatia is what is known as a “hybrid” journal, meaning that although the journal itself is available via subscription, individual articles can be published under an Open Access model, at the author’s choice. Although there are many models of Open Access publishing, the most commonly considered are “Green” OA, which primarily concerns manuscripts prior to copyediting, and “Gold” OA, which primarily concerns the article in its final published form, otherwise known as the Version of Record.

The information below is provided to help you understand your options when submitting to and publishing in Hypatia. For more detailed information, please see Cambridge’s page on Open Access policy here and the publishing license for Hypatia here.

Green Open Access

Articles published by Cambridge University Press in Hypatia automatically fall under the Green Open Access policy. In brief, this policy stipulates that authors retain the right to re-use and deposit the versions of their manuscripts accepted by the journal. This version can incorporate changes that result from revisions and peer review, but before the article is copyedited and typeset. Authors can post the manuscript to a personal webpage, department or institutional repository, or subject-area repository at any time after the article has been accepted. However, authors are not permitted to post the manuscript to a commercial repository or social media site, such as ResearchGate or Academia.edu; instead, authors are encouraged to post abstracts and a link to the item on Cambridge Core. In all cases, authors must link to the article on Cambridge Core when available, and state that the manuscript is available for private research and study, not redistribution.

Gold Open Access

With Gold Open Access, articles are available free in their final Version of Record as soon as they are published to Cambridge Core. In a hybrid journal like Hypatia, Gold OA articles are included in issues alongside others only available to subscribers, but are free to download on their own. Gold Open Access articles can also be freely redistributed, archived, and posted elsewhere, with restrictions determined by the author’s choice of Creative Commons License (see below).

In order to publish an article under the Gold Open Access policy, authors or their funders must pay an article processing charge (APC) of $3,255 or £2,045. Authors at institutions covered by “Read and Publish” agreements (see below) can have their APC waived or discounted.

Creative Commons Licenses allow authors to formally grant the public the ability to distribute and reuse their writing free of charge and without consulting the author for legal permission. In order to make their articles Gold Open Access, authors will choose one of three licenses to define permissible reuse of their article.

CC BY: This license permits others to redistribute the article, in whole or in part, and reuse parts of the article as the basis of a new work, so long as they credit the author for their original creation.

CC BY NC SA: This license limits reuse and redistribution to noncommercial purposes (NC), and stipulates that any person making a derivative work using elements of the article must credit the author and license their new work under identical terms (SA for “Share Alike”).

CC BY NC ND: This license allows for the noncommercial redistribution of the work, but restricts others from reusing the article, in part or whole, for the creation of new works (ND for “No Derivatives”).

The reuse permitted by the first two licenses (but prohibited in the third) can go beyond quotation, educational redistribution, and other types of “fair use.” For example, under a CC BY license, a translator would be permitted to publish a translation of your article, so long as you were credited as the original author. Under a CC BY NC SA license, a translation could be produced, but not for commercial purposes and only under a similar CC BY NC SA license. Under a CC BY NC ND license, a translator would need to seek permission from the copyright holder.

For more information on these licenses, see this page.

Read and Publish

Cambridge University Press has negotiated Read and Publish agreements with several universities, libraries, and other institutions, including the University of California system in the United States, the Max Planck Institutions in Germany, and Jisc Collections in the United Kingdom. Under these agreements, institutions retain subscription access to Cambridge University Press journals while also allowing authors at these institutions to choose the Gold Open Access option for their articles with the APC either wholly or partially waived. These arrangements allow institutions to maintain their current level of journals spending while providing a sustainable route to Open Access publishing, especially for authors in humanities and social science disciplines, who often lack institutional funding for APCs.

For more information and to find out if you are covered by a Read and Publish agreement, see this page. The terms of Read and Publish agreements are negotiated with individual institutions and may therefore differ between institutions. For details, please see Cambridge’s page here or consult with your home institution.