Addresses common questions and concerns from authors and researchers.
What is Open Access?
Open access refers to digital content that is free to access and unrestricted by most licensing and copyright barriers. In the world of scholarly publishing, it represents a new paradigm in which published research may be more widely disseminated and authors may gain greater recognition for their work.
Like their traditional counterparts, open access journals vary in quality and prestige. However, serious open access journals rely on the peer review process to vouch for the quality of their articles. Publishers of open access journals come from all academic disciplines.
A common misconception about open access is that it is free. While open access literature is less expensive to publish than traditional journals, the final product still requires the labor of creators, reviewers, editors, and others. The goal is not to create a costless operation, but to shift the burden of paying the bills away from readers.
A number of resources are available for locating open access journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a non-profit website that lists nearly 10,000 journals (as of this writing) from over 100 countries around the world. Users may browse the collection by title, subject, or country of publication.
Alternatively, users may consult Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, which provides a comprehensive guide of over 300,000 periodicals. Ulrichsweb offers a number of search tools, including the option to limit your results to peer-reviewed, open access journals.
Scholarly analytics, contact information, submission guidelines, acceptance rate, type of review, etc., "journalytics" for journals in business, education, psychology, computer science--business information systems, and health administration; also documents violations in "predatory reports" that have questionable peer review or publication practices, website inconsistencies, etc.
Covers the rapid dissemination of high quality research in mathematics. Covers all topics related to differential equations and their applications (e.g., ODEs, PDEs, integral equations, and functional differential equations).
Publishes original contributions pertaining to biological anthropology in the form of research papers, review articles, preliminary communications, policy papers, technical and case reports, and special articles.
Covers all areas of the environment and fresh water resources, including the fields of hydrology, groundwater, environmental hydrology, urban hydrology, groundwater pollution, groundwater contamination, and groundwater remediation.
A peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly by the Texas Heart Institute as part of its medical education program. Authorship is open to all clinicians and research scientists with an interest in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cardiovascular disease.