The two major models of publishing in Open Access are: Green Open Access and Gold Open Access.

  • Green Open Access – authors self-archive pre-prints (i.e. the original versions of the articles before the peer review process) or post-prints (i.e. the final versions of the articles after the peer review process) in Open Access repositories. 
    Before submitting the publications, the author must check the publisher's policy, e.g. on the SHERPA/RoMEO database or on the publisher's website.



  • Gold Open Access – authors publish their articles in the peer-reviewed Open Access journals that provide access to all publications on their websites without any barriers, e.g. technological (with no necessity of logging in), financial (free of charge) or legal (under the one of the Open Access licenses).
    Publishing in Open Access journals is often associated with the author fee, the so-called APC (Article Processing Charges).
    Some publishers of the traditional journals only with subscribed access use a hybrid model, i.e. they allow authors - for an APC fee - to publish their articles in the Gold Open Access model.



There are two models of reusing of the works that were published in Open Access: Gratis Open Access and Libre Open Access.

  • Gratis Open Access / fair use
    This model removes price barriers. Everyone may read or use such work to the extent of permitted personal use.
  • Libre Open Access / licencje Creative Commons
    This model removes both price and permission barriers. Everyone may re-use such a work but only under the Creative Commons licenses.


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Regulations of collecting personal data in Medical University of Gdańsk

On 27 April 2016 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Union and of Council came into force. It relates to data processing for natural persons and the freedom of movement of such data. In the light of this and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), the Main Library would like to draw your attention to the following:

1. The administrator of your personal data is The Medical University of Gdańsk based in Gdańsk, Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 3A, 80-210 Gdańsk,

2. The Data Protection Inspector at The Medical University of Gdańsk is Piotr Małecki (iod@gumed.edu.pl),

3. Your personal data will be processed using the Tricity Libraries IT System (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Gdynia Maritime University, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, European Solidarity Centre) in order to enable the use of library resources on the basis of art. 6 par. 1 lit. A of the general regulation of personal data of 27 April 2016,

4. Your personal data will not be disclosed to other entities, except for entities authorized under the law, debt collection companies or companies supporting IT services,

5. Your personal data will be kept for a period required by law,

6. You have access to the content of your data and the right to demand its rectification. You have the right to remove data or limit its use. Further you have the right to transfer data and to raise an objection on how your data is processed. You may withdraw your legal consent for the use of your data at any time,

7. You have the right to make a complaint to the Office for Personal Data Protection if your complaint is justified and the administrator is found to be in breach of the general regulation of personal data of 27 April 2016,

8. Providing personal data is voluntary, however, the refusal to provide them may result in the refusal to provide the service.