Open Access glossary

The Article Publication Charge is a fee that is payable when an article has been accepted and will be published in an open access journal. Open access means free reading to users, but it is not without costs: submission systems, editorial processes – incl. organization of peer review –, production editing, typesetting, tagging, indexing, hosting on servers, and marketing etc. all cost money. The article publication charge is the contribution paid to help cover these costs.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that offers free copyright licenses which provide a simple and standardized way to allow using, reusing and sharing of creative work.

Thieme follows the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativs), which allows users to download and share an author's work, but not to change it or use it commercially. This means that authors retain copyright and reuse-rights of their work and that nobody may use it commercially or alter it without permission. To learn more about this license, please click here.

Gold Open Access
A publication model where the article is immediately published open access, usually in a peer-reviewed journal. To cover the costs a publication charge is paid either by the author, an institution or funding organization.

Green Open Access
A model of self-archiving an article, where the work is made available online in an institutional repository. This will usually be the accepted, peer-reviewed manuscript, but not the final published version.

Double Dipping
A term ascribed to the situation whereby a journal could both receive an open access publication fee and also charge customers a subscription fee for the same article. To avoid double dipping, Thieme will adjust its journal subscription prices each year based on the number of open access articles published in the previous calendar year for which standard article publication charges have been paid.

SHERPA/RoMEO is a database that lists and categorizes publishers according to their policies in relation to open access. The Thieme Publishing Group is rated in their blue category. This means that the accepted manuscript version of an article in a subscription journal from Thieme can be posted in an institutional or subject defined repository 12 months after publication. The final publisher's PDF may be posted on an author's personal website only. Articles published on an open access basis with Thieme can be posted in any kind of repository (personal, institutional, subject related) immediately after publication in its final PDF-version.