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Publishing your research

Research funders are increasingly demanding that publicly funded research must be published with open access. The cost of open access publishing varies depending on the journal's payment model. On this webpage you can get answers to questions regarding costs for publishing and get help with orienting yourself in open publishing, choosing an open access journal and Creative Commons licenses.

Requirements for open aceess publishing

Research funders are increasingly demanding that publicly funded research be published with open access. Examples are Forte, the European Research Council (ERC), Formas and Horizon 2020 (the European Commission). Open access publishing of research is considered to promote dissemination and use. The Swedish Research Council (VR) requires that projects awarded grants from October 2022 must publish with immediate open access.

Publishing costs

Learn more about how much you pay to publish open access

How to publish open access

  • Publishing in an open access journal, this means a journal where all articles are published with open access. You can find quality-controlled open access journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
    Website for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Publishing in a hybrid journal, a traditional subscription-based journal that offers open access publishing for a fee. The advantage is that you can publish in more journals that meet the financiers' requirements for open access.
  • Parallel publishing of the final approved manuscript in an open archive: for researchers at Lund University it is LUCRIS. You have the right to self-archive all publications where you have copyright or when the publisher allows self-archiving through agreements or policies.
    Search for the journal's self-archiving policy in SHERPA RoMEO

Choose the right Creative Commons license when publishing

Creative Commons licenses (CC licenses) are copyright tools used to facilitate the distribution and reuse of creative works. The use of CC licenses is standard in open access publishing.

Creative Commons licenses (CC licenses) are copyright tools used to facilitate the distribution and reuse of creative works. The copyright holder of a work can easily communicate how others can use the work via a CC license.
 It acts as a permission for use, given in advance. It means that those who wish to reuse a work do not need to seek permission for use as long as the conditions are followed. The use of CC licenses is standard in open access publishing.

Creative Commons for researchers on the National Library of Sweden's website

You can contact the Library & ICT Research Support if you need help choosing a license or have other questions about copyright.

When choosing a license for your publication, keep in mind that any condition attached to the license could potentially hinder the distribution and use of your publications and figures. The most permissive license provides the best opportunities for maximum spread.

The links below will forward you to more information on the Creative Commons website.

Creative Commons license chooser
Description of the terms and licenses

Enter your affiliation correctly

Enter affiliation according to the format below:

Unit, Department, Organisation, City, Country

If you have two relevant affiliations and for example are linked to both Lund University and Region Skåne, state your affiliation as below. Enter the affiliations in two separate lines:

Author A1,2
1. Unit, department university, city, country.
2. Practice area/clinic, hospital/administration, city, country.

(Employees within Region Skåne are not recommended to specify Region Skåne, as this is not a functioning affiliation).

Example: Smith1,2
1. Clinical and Molecular Osteoporosis Research Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden.
2. Department of Orthopedics, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden.

Use a unique and internationally valid research identity – ORCID

It will gain your purposes to have a unique researcher identity when you apply for grants and when you submit your manuscript. Consistent use of a researcher ID means that you get recognition for all your work and that they are credited to you when evaluating your research.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is used by many funders and publishers in order to identify researchers. As a researcher, you can use an ORCID ID to ensure that your publications are credited to you and not to someone else who has a similar name. You can also link your ORCID ID to your LUCRIS profile to automatically export your publications registered in LUCRIS.

Read more about how to connect your ORCID-ID to LUCRIS (Lund University Staff Pages)


Library & ICT research support team

We provide help and support in for all aspects of scholarly communications and research publication.

Ask a question or book a consultation at Library & ICT Research Support (web form)

Learn more about open access

Open access and self-archiving at the University Library website:
Publish open access

The Swedish Research Council's requirements for open access
Publishing your research open access (Swedish Research Council's website)