You can choose from two options to make your research "open access".
When sharing your work through Green OA, no costs are payable but there are usually restrictions over how, when and where can you share your work.
Some common features of Green OA include
Before depositing research in a repository, you are advised to:
You may also opt to share your work through the Gold OA route, in which your work could be freely accessible on both the publisher's website and on different platforms at your preference.
Some features of Gold OA publishing include
If you are publishing your work through the Gold OA route to fulfill the requirement of a funder, please take note of the funder's requirement for OA as OA licenses that are more restrictive might not be deemed compliant to the requrements.
Use the following sources to pick reliable and high quality Open Access journals:
Some publishers choose to exploit the model of author-pays OA publishing by charging fees for publication in journals with low editorial and academic standards. Refer to Beall's list to see names of possible predatory OA journals and publishers.
Concerns about the quality of the editorial practices of some scholarly OA journal publishers have been raised. Use the sources listed above to locate high quality titles.