How to Make Your Article Open Access Using CGScholar


Authors published in a Common Ground journal and authors of an article currently in-press with Common Ground can register for open access publication of their article. Our open access publications are licensed using the Creative Commons license, “Attribution-Non-Commercial-No-Derivatives 4.0 International” (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Visit our Hybrid Open Access webpage for more information about our hybrid open access journals, the Creative Commons license, and our open access permissions and archiving policies.

After completing these steps, you will receive notification from our editorial staff when your publication has been updated, making it free to download and licensed under the (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Creative Commons license.

How to Register for Open Access

STEP 1: Find, Click, & Pay

  • Visit Open Access Registration | Journals
  • Locate the journal/collection where your article was published or the journal/collection where your article is currently in-press.
  • Select the purchase option for “PDF $250.00” and follow the instructions in CGScholar to complete your payment for the open access registration.

    The terms of the open access agreement do not extend to allow the use of any discounts, coupons, or promotional codes.

STEP 2: Download Your Copy

  • After completing your payment, visit your library/purchases to download the Open Access PDF. Then, enter the details about your article as indicated on the form.
  • (You must login to your CGScholar account to view and download the the form.)

  • When completing the form, please include your Order Number and Transaction ID to help us confirm your payment. These can be found on your payment receipt and by logging into your CGScholar profile and viewing your orders.


STEP 3: Send the Registration Form

  • After saving a copy for your personal records, please finalize your open access registration by sending a copy of your form to

Open Access Terms

After completing payment for Open Access registration, you will download your personal copy of the Open Access Agreement. Your copy of the agreement will contain the terms quoted below as well as a brief form for providing your article information and contact details.

Open Access Publication Agreement: Journal Article

In conjunction with the terms of the Journal Publication Agreement, this document amends and/or affirms the copyright terms of Section II in that agreement to allow for open access publication. For a fee of $250 USD, an author can choose the open access option at any time before or after publication. In the case that an author arranges for open access publication before accepting the Journal Publication Agreement, this document affirms the terms for “Open Access” publication as listed under Section II of that agreement. In the case that an author arranges for open access publication after having accepted the Journal Publication Agreement and the “Traditional” publication model, as listed under Section II of that agreement, then this document serves to amend the previous publication terms, as listed under Section II of that agreement, to allow for “Open Access” publication adhering to the rights and stipulations listed therein.

Under the Common Ground Research Networks open access publication option, works are made freely available in electronic format in Common Ground’s online bookstore. Common Ground’s open access publications are protected with Some Rights Reserved as Public Licensed Material, available under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The use of this material is permitted for non-commercial use provided the creator(s) and publisher receive attribution. No derivatives of this version are permitted. Official terms of this public license apply as indicated here: The open access option does not include publication in any commercial format; commercial use must be preapproved through a reprint agreement with Common Ground Research Networks.

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