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Open Access Resources: Publishing in OA Journals

In this guide you will find different ways to access open access materials such as freely available scholarly journal articles as well as freely available e-books.

Dig in to OA Publishing

Publishing in open access journals or adding past work to open access repositories is a great way to increase the visibility of your work and to digitally preserve it for future use and discovery.

Open access publications are made freely available for readers, charging no subscription fees to users or institutions.  To cover publication costs, open access publishers cover costs through publication fees, institutional subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships. Some open access publishers do not have author fees at all.


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Finding Open Access journals to publish in

Assessing quality of open access publishers

Open Access publishing is not without its faults. Some publishers that charge authors for submissions may use questionable publishing practices, such as slack or non-existent peer review, or only publishing for the sake of profit.  Below you will find several approaches to assessing the quality of a publication using a variety of sources and methods:

Archiving in OA Repositories

Even if you do not wish or are unable to publish in an open access journal, you may still be able make your work publicly available by self-depositing it in a repository. This method is referred to as "green open access".

Author Rights

You retain the copyright to your work until you assign it to someone else. You are granted a bundle of exclusive rights: to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and modifify your original work.

Frequently, authors sign agreements with publishers without realizing what rights they are giving up. It is up to you to decide whether you will surrender all of your rights, some of them, or none of them to a publisher. If you would like to use your work in any of the following ways, you should consider negotiating with your publisher before you sign your agreement. If you would like to:

  • Copy your articles for distribution in class
  • Post your work on your personal website
  • Distribute copies to your colleagues
  • Reuse portions or all of the work in future publications or
  • Add your research to your institutional repository

You can investigate securing these Author Rights.