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Open Access Journals: Getting Published in OA

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

Why Open Access Publishing?


Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment." 

Source: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)Why Open Access

Researchers engage and invest in research to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, to encourage innovation, to enrich education, to stimulate the economy, and to improve the public good. Communicating research results is an essential component of the research process. Research advances knowledge through shared results, and the value of an investment in research is maximized through wide use of research results. Researchers can't use research if they can't access it.

Due to cost barriers or use restrictions, research results are often not available to the full community of potential users. The Internet gives us the opportunity to bring research results to a worldwide audience at a low marginal cost, and allows us to use research in new and innovative ways. This has resulted in a call for new framework to allow research results to be more easily accessed and used — the call for Open Access. 

Excerpted from: Open Access, SPARC

When selecting an OA journal in which to publish, identify reputable publishers:

  • ​Look for a review history, an established publisher or society, endorsements by reputable researchers (check DOAJPublons journal list)
  • Be wary of less reputable open access publishers, predatory or unethical, with limited editorial services or peer review. 
  • Check journal websites for peer review practices and article processing charges
  • Review a journal's editorial board
  • Find out if and where a journal is indexed by searching Ulrichsweb

Types of Open Access

Open Access Research Tools

Types of Open Access Publishing Formats

There are many different types of open access publishing models. When looking at the author requirements, please consult this list to understand the different formats: 

Pre-print – a manuscript draft that has not yet been subject to formal peer review, distributed to receive early feedback on research from peers.

Post-print – a manuscript draft after it has been peer reviewed.

Version of Record (VOR) – the final version of a manuscript, after peer review and processing by a publishers.

Hybrid – a type of journal in which certain articles are made open access for typically a significantly higher price (relative to full OA journals), while others remain toll access.

Accepted author manuscript – the version of a manuscript that has been accepted by a publisher for publication.

Eprint – a digital version of a research document available online for a repository.

Green OA – making a version of the manuscript freely available in a repository.

Gold OA – making the final version of manuscript freely available immediately upon publication by the publisher.

Gratis OA – the paper is available to read free-of-charge, though its reuse is still restricted, for example by ‘All Rights Reserved’ copyright. 

Libre OA – the paper is made available under an open licence, allowing it to be shared and reused, depending on which licence is used.  (Libre and Gratis refer to copyright and licensing restrictions)

Diamond OA – a form of gold open access in which there is no author fee (APC).

This list is taken from the Open Access Academy website (included in this libguide). 

Open Access Publishers

Understanding Predatory Publishers