Publishing Open Access
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When you publish in Open Access journals your articles are made available without access barriers. This opens up entirely new audiences for scholarly work, increasing the global reach, availability to the public, and the impact of the research. Many institutions around the world cannot subscribe to a full array of journals and publications, publishing open access means scholars around the world, no matter their affiliaton, can read your work. Members of the public can see open access publications, demonstrating the value of the academic scholarship. Finally, the easy availability of open access research means more eyes and more citations for publications.
- The Effect of Open Access and Downloads ('Hits') on Citation Impact: A Bibliography of Studies
Overview of evidence indicating that open access increases the scholarly impact of research.
- (Mis)Leading Open Access Myths
An overview from BioMedCentral on misconceptions related to open access publishing.
There are many open access journals, many are peer-reviewed and well-respected in their fields. Open Acccess journals have many funding models, which will effect the publishing process.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Lists many of the most respected Open Access journals, you can browse by subject area, search the list of journals, or even search open access articles.
An open access publisher of over 200 peer-reviewed biomedical journals.
- Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Large and highly prestigious open access publisher.
Since publishing a journal is not without costs, Open Access journals use many strategies to fund their work. Many OA journals are supported by an endowment, an institution, or membership dues. In OA journals, the cost of production has to be shifted from subscription fees to manuscript fees to publish. The fees are usually not paid by the author but instead paid for by the institution or written into the author’s research grant. Sometimes OA publishers will waive these fees if financing is not available for the author. UCB Libraries offers a Open Access fund to support OA publishing.
- CU Boulder Open Access Fund
Information and application to apply for open access support
- Open Access Journal Buisness Models
An in-depth look at various OA buisness models with example journals.
A database of the Open Access policies of many funding and grant-making institutions, it indicates funds that will pay for open access publication.