Describing Open Access (OA) to a friend or colleague for the first time.

Open Access (OA) = Scholarly work(s) allowed to be perpetually accessed by anyone under a rainbow of permissions.


What makes OA green or gold? How about gratis or libre?

I choose not to define OA as simply gold/green or gratis/libre, as I have seen many variations other than two.  In fact, Sherpa/Romeo defines journal publisher policies as green, blue, yellow, and white:

ROMEO colour Archiving policy
green can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF
blue can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher’s version/PDF
yellow can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
white archiving not formally supported

But why stop there.  I would say there are even more “colors” out there.  Comment below and lets begin the discussion to define this rainbow of permissions.  What colors would you add and how would you describe them?

Red, Orange, Yellow, White, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, Pink, Grey, Brown, Black.



2013. University of Nottingham.  RoMEO colours.|&mode=simple&version=#colours


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