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Publishing Research

Open Access Funding

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."

Peter Suber, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

Why Open Access?

  • Makes research widespread
  • Accelerates scientific findings
  • Serves as a driver of scientific innovation and productivity
  • Allows faster incorporation of new findings into research
  • Freedom from price and permission barriers

Criteria and Standards for OA 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.

Be sure to review our guide to evaluating publishers.

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?