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Open Access

A guide to open access publishing for faculty and researchers.

Evaluating a Publication

When evaluating a publisher, think about what factors are most important to you as a scholar and researcher:

  • Journal's impact factor
  • Peer review processmagnifying glass
  • Publication fees
  • A large audience
  • Abstracted & indexed in databases
  • Promotion and Tenure requirements
  • Copyright and licensing restrictions

Find a Journal's Impact Factor

Criteria and Standards for Open Access Publishing

With the growth in open access publishing, it is important to carefully evaluate each publisher before agreeing to publish your work, serve on an editorial board, or as a reviewer. Some points to consider in your evaluation include:

  1. Does the publisher comply with commonly-established ethical standards of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association's (OASPA) Code of Conduct?
  2. Does the publisher list full and accurate contact information?
  3. Does the editorial board include people who are not experts in the fields supported by the journal? Are you asked to transfer your copyright? Is there a peer review process in place?
  4. Does the publisher charge author fees, and are they clearly listed?