To help choose a journal to publish in, it is worth reviewing the publisher’s policies regarding author rights for archiving in an institutional or subject repository.
SHERPA/ROMEO provides a searchable database of journals and publishers' policies on OA and self-archiving and can help find more information. For Australian journals and publishers OAKList offers similar information.
For links to the common scholarly publishers policies:
“As editor of an open access journal I can make our research publications available for free to a world-wide audience.”
-- Dr Tom Stehlik, Editor: The Journal of Educational Enquiry, School of Education, University of South Australia
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) website lists and provides access to many peer reviewed, quality controlled and scholarly full text journals in a wide range of disciplines. You are able to search for a specific title, or browse by subject.
There are many reputable publishers who produce open access journals including PLoS, Hindawi and BioMed Central. However the onset of open access publishing has also seen an increase in vanity publishers (those who charge an author fee but without peer review) and these can be difficult to distinguish from legitimate publishers. It is important to assess whether the publisher is reputable as well as the cost to publish.
Recently there were some warnings about open access publishing, including:
Some things to do when deciding the credibility of a publisher include:
The Publishing Guide has all you need to know