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Open Access Research

Scholarly research made available to read and reuse without the traditional subscription fees.

Open Up Your Work

You can make your work open by either publishing in an OA journal or depositing a version of a published article in an open repository.

In either case, a Creative Commons license will be applied to your work, either based on the journal's policies (for example, PLOS uses the CC BY license), or based on your choice. Learn more about these licenses below.

Where to Publish: OA Journals

If your goal is to publish an article open access, you can do so in journals that either publish entirely OA (gold OA), or in journals that publish both paywall and open articles (hybrid OA). Both types of journal operate the same way traditional paywalled journals do, including rigorous peer review and editorial practices.

These tools with help you verify the credibility and publication practices of the open access journals in which you're interested.

Journal and Publisher Impact and Information

Open Access Publishers' Code of Conduct

Credibility Assessment Tools

Avoiding Predatory Journals

You may get an email from a journal claiming to be legitimate, with known names on its masthead, offering you the chance to publish your work with them for a small fee. If it feels fishy, investigate further! Once your work is published anywhere, even in an illegitimate journal, other publishers will not want to accept your article.

The resources listed above will help, but you should also consider doing a lateral search: open another tab and Google the publisher. If nothing comes up other than their own website, that's a red flag.

More Info about Predatory Publishers

Where to Deposit: OA Repositories

To find a good repository for your work, search by subject or other requirements in the directories below.


General Directories

STEM Repositories