The simplest definition of "Gold Open Access" is open access delivered by journals, with the removal - at minimum - of price barriers to access.
The most important tool for identifying open access journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which currently includes over 10,600 journals from over 130 countries. All of the titles in the DOAJ are included in the Cheng Library's periodicals directory, and all articles from DOAJ titles indexed in our research databases are accessible through links from the article citations.
The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Cheng Library, is launching a pilot program to support faculty publication in Open Access journals. Please see this application form for more details.
If you have questions about the program or anything on the application form, please contact Richard Kearney at the Cheng Library (973-720-2165 or by email).
As we continue to explore means to support Open-Access publication and other modes of scholarly publication effectively, we will seek feedback on the success of this model.
Best wishes for success in your scholarly pursuits.
The language of the Budapest Open Access Initiaitive (2002), which describes the general characteristics of open access literature, is applicable to open access journals: these are journals that are freely available on the public internet "without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."
In his description of open access (OA) journals, OA expert Peter Suber makes the following additional points: