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Open Access Journals: Home

This guide provides information and links to open access journal resources.

What are Open Access Journals?

Open access (OA) refers to research outputs which are distributed online and free of cost or other barriers. 

Open access journals can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, white papers, conference proceedings, unpublished research, and other research materials. There are several different types of open access journals: 

  • Gold
    Open access peer-reviewed journals, freely available on the internet. Some publishers charge article processing charges (APCs) or fees (APFs). Researchers can choose to publish in fully OA journals, see the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • Hybrid
    Scholarly journal publishers offer a combination of subscription access and open access. Researchers may be approached by a hybrid publisher to pay a fee for open and immediate access.  
  • Green
    Scholarly journal publishers permit researchers to deposit or self-archive publications in institutional repositories such RePeC (Research Papers in Economics) and the Social Sciences Research Network - provide free unlimited online access to self-archived versions of publications.  
  • Diamond
    Open access scholarly publishing free of fees and access charges, for example, Discrete Analysis, an online peer-reviewed journal where articles are links to arXiv

Open Access Journal Collections

Understanding Open Access

Additional Open Access Resources by Discipline

Special Open Access Journal Projects

Open Access Advocacy