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Open Access

A brief guide about open access

Guidelines for Evaluation

Before publishing in a new open access publication, please consider: 

  • Is the publication listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)? Journals indexed in DOAJ after March 2014 (indicated with a green check mark or DOAJ Seal)
  • Is the publisher a member of a reputable industry organization such as Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)?
  • Is the publication affiliated with a university or professional organization? Does the editorial board have credentials? What are their acceptance rates? If you have questions or hesitations, contact members of the editorial board or article authors. 
  • Article Publishing Costs and copyright ownership should be clearly indicated on a publication's website. More information on author rights.
  • Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals in their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications. 
  • How to Protect Yourself from Predatory Publishers and Other Open Access FAQs.
  • The presence of positive and negative indicators of quality and repute.

Evaluating Journals Video

Open Access Publishing Ethics

Along with the emergence of open access publishing, printing barriers have decreased and the assembly and dissemination of information requires little more than Internet access. 

Unfortunately, this has led to a proliferation of open access publishers with little or no subject expertise and of questionable repute. 

Scholars and researchers may receive email solicitations for fee-based paper submissions to journals that make false or misleading claims about the stringency of their peer-review process, members of their editorial board, or indexing status.​​ The organizations below are committed to preserving rigor and integrity in open access publications.