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Open Access

Open Access Publishing Policy

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The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Open Access policy was agreed upon in March 2014 and revised in May 2015. Authors submitting papers for publication in Economic Geology are offered the option of making their published paper Open Access, with either of two options available: a non-commercial version (the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license) and a fully open version (Creative Commons CC-BY license, sometimes called "Gold Open Access"). The latter allows re-use for commercial purposes and may be required by the funding institution. Payment for Open Access is due before publication.

Open Access papers are published online in the usual way but are made freely available to any user and have different terms and conditions of use than other papers.

Note that all such papers will be available through the SEG member site [GeoScienceWorld (GSW)] at and subscriber site at

How can I tell if a paper is Open Access?

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Open Access papers have an Open Access logo sitting next to the title of the paper in the online table of contents and on the first page of the online paper. Such papers are currently subject to the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC or CC-BY license.

What can I do with an Open Access paper?

SEG's Open Access papers published under the CC-BY-NC license: This license allows the freedom to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work; however, the license agreement applies only to non-commercial re-use. The author must be credited by users for the original creation. SEG reserves the right to re-purpose content to sell in products such as compilations and reprints in its other publications, and to grant such permission, where it judges the use to be in line with its own copyright policy. The license is not permission for duplicate/redundant publication.

SEG's Open Access papers published under the CC-BY license: This license allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit the author for the original creation. The license allows maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. The Creative Commons license is not permission for duplicate/redundant publication.

How much does it cost?

The fee for Open Access is US$3,000 for non-members and US$2,500 for SEG members. Authors who select this option will need to complete a payment authorization form when their paper is accepted and they will be sent an invoice when the SEG production department is preparing the paper for publication.

If payment is not received prior to upload of the paper for online (version of record) publication, the paper will not be granted the Open Access license. Open Access can not be chosen after publication.

How do I select this option?

There will be a section in the online submission form allowing authors to choose Open Access. The CC-BY-NC or CC-BY option can be selected on the invoice sent to the author or author’s funding agency.

Will paying for Open Access make any difference to the review process or publication time?

The paper will go through the peer-review and production process in the same way as other papers. No preferential treatment will be offered other than free access and use of the published paper.

Will the SEG Open Access policy comply with funding requirements?

As SEG uses both a non-commercial option and the most liberal of the Creative Commons licenses, its Open Access policy should satisfy research-funding bodies for which Open Access publishing is required. The selection is made on the invoice.

Can I use material from elsewhere in my Open Access paper?

Authors must check that any material that was not created by them that they use in their paper has full permission to publish under the selected Creative Commons license. Some libraries and other copyright holders might have policies against commercial reuse. You may use those materials in an Economic Geology CC-BY-NC licensed paper, but cannot use that material in a CC-BY paper. All material in the paper must be compliant with the license selected.