FAQ open access

Frequently asked questions about open access


Depositar is the action of saving a publication in open or restricted access. Publishing means making the publication accessible without restrictions.

Greenway: The authors or a representative on their behalf place their articles in free repositories, be they institutional (UPCommons) or thematic ( In the event that the publisher imposes an embargo, that is, a period during which it can not be published openly, the repositories allow restricting access to the document until the date of termination of the seizure.

Golden way: These are magazines that ensure open access to published articles without charging any subscription for the reader. In return, it is the authors or the institution who pay to publish it openly.

For more information see the section strategies to publish in open.

See the Free Access License section Creative Commons and GNU 

Editorial policies

No. Each magazine has its editorial policy in relation to open access. Most publishers allow the postprint author's final draft to be deposited in an open institutional repository, such as UPCommons.

For more information see the Auto-editing conditions of the main commercial publishers.

Go to the website of the specific magazine and consult the sections Right poleices, Usage permissions, Transfer of copyright agreement or similar and consult the model contract. 
For more information consult the Auto-editing conditions of the main commercial publishers.

You must check the contract or the license signed with the publisher.
In case you do not have the contract, consult the web of the magazine the Policies, Usage permissions, Transfer of copyright agreement or similar sections.
For more information see the Auto-editing conditions of the main commercial publishers.

Regulation UPC and mandates

No. If the article is published in an open access journal, or in another repository, all you have to do is enter the full-text URL in the corresponding field (editorial URL / external repository URL) in DRAC.

No. The regulations UPC and the requirements of the Law of science and the H2020 only take into account the institutional repositories, such as UPCommons or topics like

Open access and PAR points: methodology

Post a copy of the article to the repository UPCommons through DRAC.

The latest version of the article you sent after the peer review process.
This version receives different names: postprint author's final draft, accepted manuscript author, accepted version, postprint, etc. 

It affects the magazine articles published from 2015.
Also to text in conference proceedings or chapter of books, whenever they appear in a magazine or serial publication (with ISSN).

The repository of the author's final draft version must be immediate, when the article has been published.
If the publisher establishes a period of seizure to access the full text, it will be deposited in closed access to UPCommons. In this case, the article will also receive PAR points.

The article link to the repository must be included in the DRAC "external repository URL" field. Example: In this case, the article will also receive PAR points.

See the lens assembly tutorial procedure.

See the lens assembly tutorial procedure.

Law of science

It is obligatory to publish on the basis of announcements published in 2013.


Yes, like the rest of MINECO projects and no later than twelve months of the official publication.

Deposit a UPCommons

You need to do it from DRAC at the time you enter the activity or afterwards.
Once the publication has been deposited, librarians review the conditions that mark publishers to post on UPCommons. When editors do not allow open access, the post is deposited in closed, showing only its metadata (publication appointment).

Send the version you want to deposit to your regular librarian or reviewer, indicating the URL of the activity in DRAC. The Library, Publications and Archives Service will change the version of the publication to UPCommons.

Yes, when the editor tells you. Some publishers ask that the full reference of the original publication to the file appear, often in a specific format and with a link to the original publication.
For more information, check the websites of the editors or contact your regular review librarian.

As long as the editorial policy of the magazine does not establish another information, the seizure shall apply from the moment when an article is published online.

Exceptionally yes, as long as the university or institution of researchers not linked to the UPC do not have a repository. 

Versions of the publications to be deposited

A postprint is the revised version (peer reviewed) by the publisher that it sends to the magazine's publication. This is the pending version of publishing (without layout). 

This is the version that publishers normally authorize to publish openly in a repository.

Some publishers also call it Accepted author manuscript (AAM); author accepted version of the work; the original version after any changes made last peer review but before anything editing, etc. 


If. Sometimes draft versions provided by the publishers themselves have trademarks. 
They can be made public according to the editorial conditions of each publisher and as long as it is not a personal copy between the author and the publisher.

It is the original version of the article sent by the author to the publisher, before the corresponding peer review.
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Last update: 26 / 07 / 2019