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Open Access (OA) makes scholarly research permanently available online to view without restriction. OA can also allow content to be published in a way that allows readers to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works.

Gold Open Access or ‘full’ open access is where the final ‘Version of Record’ of an article or book is published under a permissive Creative Commons (CC) licence. This allows anyone to freely access and redistribute the publication and, depending on which CC licence the author has chosen, in many cases allows the re-use of content in new or derivative works.

Typically, but not always, Gold OA content is supported by an Article Processing Charge (APC) paid by the author, their funder, or their institution. In the case of institutional payments these are often made as part of an agreement with Cambridge University Press. We also publish Gold OA content that is supported by other financial models, particularly in humanities and social sciences.

Hybrid journals are subscription-access journals that offer authors the choice of paying an APC to publish their articles as Gold OA. 

Green Open Access (also known as Green archiving) is the practice of making some version of a work freely accessible in an institutional or subject archive, or some other document repository. Typically the author’s original (submitted) manuscript is made available, or the manuscript as it was accepted for publication after peer-review changes have been made. For some types of books, a portion of the final Version of Record can also be made available.

Social sharing is the practice of sharing publications with others, typically via a commercial sharing site or scholarly collaboration network site. See our social sharing page for more information. Our Green OA policies include provisions for social sharing, and Cambridge Core Share also provides a means for sharing the published Version of Record of journal articles.

Cambridge University Press has a set of policies to allow authors, librarians and others to meet the Green OA requirements of their institutions and funders.

Please see our Resources page for links to more information about Gold and Green Open Access. You can also read our open access FAQs and our Guide to Open Access at Cambridge.