As RELA is an open access journal, this means that anyone who can access the Internet can freely download and read the journal. There are no commercial interests for Linköping University Electronic Press or the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) in publishing the journal. There are no charges for publishing authors.

The core idea of open access is that copyright remains with the author(s). However, we publish with the agreement of the author that if she or he decides later to publish the article elsewhere, that the publisher will be notified, prior to any acceptance, that the article has already been published by RELA.

When publishing with RELA, it is with the agreement of the author that if they make their article available elsewhere on the internet (for example, on their own website or an institutional website), that they will do so by making a link to the article as published in RELA using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) link of the article and acknowledge in the text of the site that the article has been previously published in RELA. We encourage therefore the author to use the published version even it is allowed to use the post-print version. 

Since 2021 RELA articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license which allows users to distribute the work and to re-work it without the author's permission, but never without acknowledging the original author. Other licences may be valid for older articles and are shown on each article page.