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Open Access Academy
Average course completion time: 10 minutes
The Different Routes to OA
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 02 MIN
  • What is open access?
  • What is green OA?
  • What is gold OA?
  • What is a fully or hybrid OA journal?
  • Complete
Article-processing Charges (APC)
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 02 MIN
  • What is an APC?
  • Who is responsible for paying the APC?
  • Why do I need to pay when I publish OA?
  • Complete
Benefits of OA
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 01 MIN
  • What are the benefits of publishing OA?
  • Complete
Mandates and Funding
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 01 MIN
  • What is an open access mandate?
  • Is there any funding available for open access?
  • Complete
Peer Review and Impact Factor
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 02 MIN
  • Are open access journals peer reviewed?
  • Are open access journals tracked for impact factors and are they indexed in bibliographic databases?
  • Complete
Copyright and License
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 01 MIN
  • Who retains the copyright?
  • What is a Creative Commons license?
  • Complete
Publishing OA with Springer
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 01 MIN
  • What open access options does Springer offer?
  • Complete
Quiz & Certificate
AVERAGE MODULE COMPLETION TIME: 05 MIN
  • Quiz

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