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Publication and open access

When publishing it is recommended to consider publication in open access (OA). OA is an online open and free full-text access to journal articles, research data and reports. Publishing in OA allows reading, usage, distribution and copying the OA material as long as the author is cited correctly. Such publication is in some instances a choice, but demands for publishing research in OA are steadily increasing. The RU policy on Open Access from 2014 urges RU researchers to publish in OA.

There are two main routes to OA publishing; the Golden Route and the Green Route. The Golden Route is publication in OA journals which usually entails costs that the author or the author's institution have to cover. The Green Route consists in concurrent publication and archiving in a repository, either institutional or a subject repository (i.e., Europe PMC).

Information on OA publication strategy of individual publishers and journals is accessible at SherpaRomeo.

  • Opin vísindi (Open Science) - is an institutional repository for peer-reviewed articles published in open access by Icelandic Universities i.e. data published in Iceland or abroad by scientists affiliated with Icelandic universities and/or research institutions

  • OpenAIRE - Portal and repository for scientific product of research sponsored by EU, i.e. a collection of scientific articles and data, information on scientists and their ID's, grants and scientific institutions 

  • OpenDOAR - List of open access scientific repositories

  • ORCID - stands for Open Researcher and Contributor Identification - facilitates application and search for scientific and academic author identification number
    ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes authors from other authors (disambiguate their name) an essential part of how researchers can keep track of their identity as they publish material

  • Creative Commons - a collection of terms and licenses authors can label their intellectual property with and thereby allowing its usage as long as it is properly cited

Declarations and strategies on open access

Further information on open access


  • OA strategy of the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis)

  • OA strategy of the European Union.

  • Open access - H2020 Online manual - European Union

  • Plan S - Founders are Science Europe along with other stakeholders in research.

    “With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.” Principles and implementation of Plan S.

  • Coalition S - a coalition of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC). The Coalition has agreed to implement the principles of Plans S. All research funders; both private and public, interested to join the coalition are invited to do so.