Open Access Policy

Open access is an ongoing publication practice that differs from traditional methods of publishing papers to the public get submitted, reviewed, authenticated and finally published. In the Open Access publication model, neither readers nor a reader's institution is charged for access to articles or other resources. Users are free to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles without requiring a subscription to the journal in which these articles are published.

Gold OA

The Gold Open Access model refers to a publishing model where articles are made freely and immediately available to readers online without any subscription or paywall barriers. Under this model, authors or their institutions pay a fee to the publisher to cover the costs of the publication process, such as peer review, typesetting, and hosting the article on the publisher's website. This fee is commonly known as an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Gold Open Access journals are generally considered to be more accessible and visible than traditional subscription-based journals, as they are available to anyone with an internet connection, and are often indexed in prominent scholarly databases. Additionally, the model allows for greater transparency and faster dissemination of research, which can lead to increased citations and broader impact for the authors.

Centre of Sociological Research offers waivers or discounts for authors from low-income countries or those who are unable to pay, and some funding agencies and institutions provide support for authors to cover the costs.

For more information about open access, please check the following pages,

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Wikipedia – Open access

DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals