Should I choose Green or Gold Open Access (OA)?

Your work is your own and you can choose where you publish it, however you should also bear in mind any costs your choice creates for Leeds Beckett. 

The Green model has the benefit of no upfront fees being paid by the researcher or the institution. 

The Gold model requires a fee in the form of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to be paid before publication. This can be a large amount of money, so the Director of Research and potentially the Research Services team must authorise this payment before submission to the journal. 

Many journals now use a Hybrid model, meaning the researcher chooses whether to use the Green or Gold model for their article. If this an option for you, you are recommended to choose Green unless there is a specific reason to choose Gold. Please speak to your Director of Research or contact the Research Services Team if unsure.