Open access: OA Publishing

Publisher's OA policies

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:

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On OA publishing

“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

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Finding OA Journals

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.

OA Publishers

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:

  • Predatory publishers are corrupting open access - by Jeffrey Beall, published in Nature in September 2012
  • Beware the scammers targeting academics - published in The Australian's Higher Education section recently. The article warns researchers that getting published in refereed journals is not immune from scammers.

Determining the credibility of an OA publisher

Some things to do when deciding the credibility of a publisher include:

  • Checking with your colleagues/supervisors if they know the reputation of that publisher
  • Look at the website - is it well-designed, functional and informative website?
  • Do they publish peer reviewed journals?
  • Check to see that the journals they publish are indexed in the major subject databases
  • Look for impact factor or journal rank information
  • Review some articles for quality – is the research current?
  • Are the journals published regularly? If not, avoid them.
  • Check the editorial boards – can you contact the various editors or check their staff home pages to verify their role?
  • Do they send out mass emails? If they do, avoid them


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