Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access means free online access to research literature, mainly to publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, without copyright restrictions imposed by publishers.

Why Open Access?

Any kind of research is based on previous work and, therefore, depends on the availability of scientific knowledge, information and data created by this work. Access to the output of research is, therefore, essential for science and for progress in society in general.

Laserlab-Europe scientists are obliged to provide open access to publications resulting from their research carried out in the context of Laserlab-Europe. We also encourage users who benefitted from Laserlab-funded transnational access to publish their results with open access.

How to provide Open Access?

'Green' open access: Authors publish in any journal and then self-archive a version of the article (e.g. preprint) for free use in an institutional or other open access repository or on an open access website.

'Gold' open acces: Authors publish in open access journals that provide open access to all articles, usually on the publisher's website.

Hybrid open access: Authors publish in subscription journals that provide 'gold' open access for individual articles when the author(s) pay(s) an open access publishing fee.

Please, check your rights for reusing your paper before publishing! For guidance, see


Open Access links