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Publishing Strategy

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Hybrid open access

Hybrid open access


Picture of Hybrid and Green open access.

The term hybrid open access refers to the possibility that (especially large) publishers offer authors to make the individual article open access in an otherwise subscription-based journal.

The publishers are usually charging author fees (APC - Article Processing Charges) that are very high. Here are some examples:

  • Elsevier: USD 0-5,000 depending on journal
  • SAGE (via the platform SAGE Choice): USD 3,000
  • Springer (via the platform Open Choice): EUR 2,200
  • Taylor & Francis (via the platform Open Select): EUR 2,150
  • Wiley (via the platform OnlineOpen):  EUR 1,250-4,700 depending on journal

If you have received money from a research funder which has an open access policy the fee is covered by that.

Jönköping University participates in several national agreements with different publishers which means that you as the corresponding author can make your article open access without having to pay the author fee.
More about the agreements here.


Further reading:

Björk B. (2017). Growth of hybrid open access, 2009–2016. PeerJ 5:e3878

Boyes, P. & Kingsley, D. (2016). Hybrid open access – an analysis. Retrieved October 12, 2017, from