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Publishing in OA Journals

Benefits of Open Access

Open Access (OA) typically refers to research publications released under an open license. Open Education Resources (OER) typically refers to teaching and learning materials released under such a license. Creative Commons licenses cover a variety of licensing permissions.

How do you avoid publishing with a Predatory Publisher?

Reputable Open Access Journals should meet the following standards:  

  • Provide unfettered (freely accessible) access to all peer-reviewed articles.
  • Be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association OR adhere to its Code of Conduct.
  • Offer a standard article fee schedule for public view.
  • Have a policy to waive fees in cases of economic hardship.
  • The journal should be indexed in a major indexing and abstracting service such as Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed and others. 
  • Most open access journals allow the author to retain their copyright.

If a journal you are considering publishing in is sending up red flags by not meeting these standards, it might be better to consider another place to publish your article.

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