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Find an OA Publisher

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a good starting point.  Please review their Aims & Scope and Selection Criteria for more information.

Texas A&M University Libraries subscribes to Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, a database of periodical and journal information, which provides the option to limit results to open access titles.

Open Access Journals from Large Publishers

   Biomed Central publishes more than 250 peer-reviewed biomedical open access journals.

   Hindawi publishes 528 open access peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

   PeerJ is an open access journal that publishes articles in the biological, medical and health sciences.

   PLoS (Public Library of Sciences) produces seven open access biomedical journals.

   Several major publishers have added open access options including:

 

What Are Open Access Journals?

 

Perils of Open Access Journals?

A recent New York Times article has raised questions and concerns about dishonest publishers and organizations misrepresenting their conferences and journals as open access.  The library has created an Open Access Journals guide to help campus authors in their selection of legitimate open access journals.  Please feel free to contact your library subject specialist for assistance in navigating this changing landscape.

 

Things to Consider

Journal selection for open access publication requires as much thought and research as publication is a subscription based journal. Here are a few additional things to be aware of when selecting an open access journal.

   Fees

  • Many open access journals will charge an author publication fee to recoup publication costs. 
    Be sure to check the publisher's website for information on publication fees.
  • If you are interested in publishing in an open access journal, consider including the cost of publication fees in grant proposals, if allowed by the funding agency.

   Predators

  • Watch for look alike and sound alike journals.
    Because author fees can be seen as an easy revenue stream for unscrupulous individuals, it is important to verify the journal you have selected is what it appears to be.
  • An ISSN is not a guarantee of quality.
  • Check the members list of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
    Members must agree to follow rules of conduct, including transparency in their author fees.
  • Check Beall's list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers."
    Be aware that Beall's criteria may cause the inclusion of some small publisher's who are not predatory.

   Findability and Sustainability

  • Because online open access journals can be easy to start, they may be a passion project of a few individuals.
    Loss of the driving force behind the journal can cause it to become inactive.
    Look closely at the editorial board and the record of publication.
  • Journals may not be indexed in subject databases until they are well established.
    Your subject librarian can help you find out about indexing.

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