Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take you through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about.
There are two equal ways you can provide open access to publication:
In either case even when publishing in an open access journal it’s a good idea to also deposit a version in an open access repository.
Use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ, doaj.org) - a community-curated online directory that indexes over 11,000 high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. You can search DOAJ content using facets on the left-hand side of the website and next to search box: search by ISSN, subject, license, publisher, full text language, date added, DOI, author, title, keywords, and country.
Over 70% of DOAJ journals do not charge article processing charges (APC) - publication fees charged to authors, but often covered by their institution or funder, to make publications immediately open access - check doaj.org Researchers in any country can request a fee waiver if unable to pay APC. Making your research open access does not have to cost anything. By depositing your articles in a repository or finding an open access journal that does not charge APCs, you can provide open access for free.
If in doubt, it is a good idea to discuss your publishing options with your supervisor or manager, librarians, and colleagues who focus on scholarly communication issues in your field.
You could also evaluate how well the journal meets the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, a list of criteria developed jointly by the DOAJ, OASPA, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).
Publish in open journals, or in the journal of your choice and archive a free copy.
Self-archiving, or green Open Access, means you publish in the journal of your choice and deposit a copy of the manuscript in an Open Access repository. It’s legal and free, check the self-archiving policy of your journal using publisher copyright policies & self-archiving tool SHERPA RoMEO http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/
Remember to keep preprint and postprint versions of your articles. Preprints are all the versions of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer review, while the postprint is the form of the article after all the peer review changes are in place. Preprints and postprints are usually the versions of your paper that could be deposited in open access repositories.
You could also use Dissemin https://dissem.in/ that detects papers behind paywalls and invites their authors to upload them in one click to an open repository.
Remember, that you can negotiate the terms of your publishing agreement. OpenAIRE encourages researchers to choose publishers that let them retain their author rights, so that immediate access can be provided. SPARC provides a template addendum [pdf] to publication agreement that describes the rights you want to retain. More info is available here.
Need help locating it? Use one of the following services:
Use Zenodo, OpenAIRE's universal repository hosted at CERN. Zenodo is an international repository, fully compatible with OpenAIRE requirements.
Still have doubts about open research? Check out the Why Open Research website http://whyopenresearch.org.