Open Access publishing enables the free, immediate, and online availability of research and scholarly products. Open Access journals have been successfully producing and disseminating high quality research for over a decade. The Directory of Open Access Journals currently lists over 11,000 vetted Open Access Journals.
There are different business models that support Open Access publishing.
Predatory Publishers are publishers that charge APCs for Open Access publishing without providing the editorial and administrative services associated with legitimate journals. Predatory publishers engage in unethical or questionable practices to solicit and process content, such as:
Not all Open Access journals are predatory. Predatory publishers are an aggressive exception. Authors should evaluate each venue they consider for publication before submitting a manuscript. There are several resources to help authors distinguish an ethical publisher from an unethical one.
Publishing in open access journals can have many benefits but authors should always research any potential publication venues to make sure they are reputable. Consider the following criteria:
The Open Access Journal Quality Indicators site maintained by Grand Valley State University has an excellent list of guidelines to help authors evaluate open access publications.
Please contact your UMMS librarians if you need assistance.
The Eigenfactor Index of Open Access Fees is a helpful tool to identify a good value for publishing your work openly. It is an interactive tool which assesses the "article influence" -- as indicated by journal prestige and readership -- provided by open access journals. Click on Open Access Fees to get started.