Open Access

Below are answers to frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please get in touch with us by emailing our Journals team.

Berghahn Journals offers two levels of Open Access.

Gold Open Access

Gold Access allows the publisher PDF to be available immediately upon publication through the publisher's online platform and elsewhere as it is needed. This usage is covered under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, which offers the strongest protections for the rights of the author. Other types of license may be negotiated. Gold Access requires the payment of a fee. Please contact Berghahn directly.

Green Open Access

Green Access allows authors to post the final, postprint version of their articles, which is the final text after acceptance and peer review but not the publisher PDF, in their institutional repository, other relevant repositories, or your own website, after an embargo period of 24 months (or 36 months for annuals).

If Open Access is required for your article, please contact the Berghahn journals manager concerning fees or embargo periods.

REF Compliance

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK institutions of higher education. Libraries archiving materials for REF consideration can follow the Green Access guidelines.

In line with post-2014 REF compliance guidelines, upon article acceptance or no later than three months after the article's publication, authors subject to the REF may make a closed deposit of the final, postprint version to their institution (or funder) repository. Once the embargo period of 24 months has passed, the postprint version can be made publicly accessible in the repository under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 user license agreement.

How can I access Open Access articles?

A yellow lock icon indicates that an article or issue is open access. Simply click on the article page or the download PDF button to access.

Does Berghahn publish OA journals?

Yes. Find a list of Open Access content here.

Open Access versus Free Access

Some articles will have green lock icons. These indicate Free Access and are temporarily made available.



The journal Anthropology in Action is available as Open Access.


Additionally, the following individual articles from a range of journals are available as Open Access.

Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Environment and Society: Advances in Research

Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology

Regions and Cohesion / Regiones y Cohesión / Régions et Cohésion

Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

European Comic Art

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures