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Open access

What is open access?

Open access (OA) is a model for publishing research freely available online. The idea is that research should be openly accessible and not behind payed subscriptions. OA increases the visibility and dissemination of research.

The two most common ways of providing OA are either by publishing in an OA-journal, or by making a copy of the published text available in an open institutional archive (also called parallel publishing), such as LUCRIS.

The library can help you explore the OA options for your publications, contact librarians Jon Eriksen or Gunilla Wiklund for more information.

Open access demands from funders

A growing number of research funding bodies are requiring that research funded by them is made available as open access. Please contact the library if you need help to interpret their policies.

Click here to go to a list of funders with open access policies.

Click here to go to SHERPA/JULIET, a database of research funders’ OA-policies. 

Open access law journals

Currently there are relatively few "pure" OA journals in law, but hybrid journals are a common option. Hybrid journals are subscription journals where authors have an option to buy open access for their articles.

Read more and find tools for identifying OA journals.

Read more about how to choose an OA journal.

Library support for parallel publishing

Parallel publishing (or Self-archiving) is to make a copy of a published text freely available in an open institutional repository, such as LUCRIS. Publishers usually allow the use of an author version, i.e. the last accepted and proof-read manuscript before the publisher's layout is added.
SHERPA/ROMEO is a database of publishers' OA-policies.

The library can help the Faculty's researchers learn about options for self-archiving publications and can provide publishers' contact information when permissions are needed.


Jon Eriksen

Research Support Coordinator
jon [dot] eriksen [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (jon[dot]eriksen[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 10 53

Gunilla Wiklund

gunilla [dot] wiklund [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (gunilla[dot]wiklund[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 10 85

Elin Thunell

elin [dot] thunell [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (elin[dot]thunell[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 10 88