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Author's Rights and Obligations

What is open access?

The term open access was first used in 2001 when the Open Society Institute established what is known as the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). Their goal was to create a set of recommendations, which were designed to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research. Since then, the term open access has been defined by different groups in different ways.

In general, open access stands for free and permanent access to published research, combined with clear guidelines for readers to share and use the content. There are two main types of open access: gold and green.


Publishing your research as an open-access article with ULUTAS MED J will mean that it:

  • is peer-reviewed.
  • is immediately free to access online upon publication.
  • can be shared and used by readers as defined by your user license.
  • has an open access fee paid by you, or on your behalf (for example by your institution or funding body).



  1. Indicate your intention to publish open access in the Rights and Access form
  2. Sign a publishing agreement which will determine copyright
  3. Indicate if you are funded or not. If you are funded by an organization we have an agreement with, we will give you further information about
  4. how to comply with your funder’s policy
  5. If your funding body has an agreement with UMJ PUBLISHING, they will be credited on our platforms for funding the open access publication of your article
  6. During typesetting and formatting, Crossmark is added to ensure all versions link to the final published article
  7. The article is published open access online with your selected user license
  8. Choose a user license
  9. Pay an open access fee. This is covered by either: You – often reimbursed; Your institution or funding body; Or a society or organization when publishing in a subsidized journal
  10. The article is permanently preserved and accessible via ULUTAS MED J Online platforms
  11. Open access articles can be immediately posted to an institutional or subject repository


For open access publishing, you need two types of licenses:

Publishers need certain permissions in order to publish and share your research. These permissions are defined by what is known as a journal publishing agreement or license. The UMJ uses an exclusive license agreement for open access articles, which means:




  • The copyright of your article
  • Patent trademark and other intellectual property rights in your article.
  • The right to request others to provide you with an appropriate credit for your article when it is referred to, or appears in another work.

The right to share your article in all formats so your research is widely distributed after publication, using the latest technology. The right to publish your article with your selected user license on our online platforms. The right to enforce your user license, on your behalf, against third parties in the case of plagiarism, ethical disputes, and fraudulent use.


The user license of an article determines how readers can share and use your article without the need to request permission. Before publishing open access, we recommend you to:

  • Understand what each user license permits and the rights it grants to readers to use your article.
  • Check if your funding body or institution requires the use of a specific license in their policy.
  • Read your journal’s Guide for Authors to ensure they offer the license you want to use.
  • Visit the Creativecommons.org site to read what to consider before selecting a user license. It is important to note that your license selection is non-revocable.