Publishing in an Open Access journal is often referred to as Gold Open Access. With this model, the final peer-reviewed or published version of the article is freely available from publisher’s website.
There are various business models under which OA journals operate:
1. Fully OA journals
Articles are published in an OA journal and accessible online immediately. There are two types:
2. Hybrid journals
The author elects to pay for an article to be made openly accessible within a subscription journal. As publishers receive both subscriptions and OA fees, this is often referred to as 'double-dipping'.
3. Delayed OA journals
Content is initially accessible only to journal subscribers. After a specified embargo period the articles can be accessed free of charge.
Finding the most appropriate journal(s) to publish your research in will be a process of weighing up a number of factors, both within and beyond your control.
Select from the headings below for information to help inform your decision.
Do you have sufficient funds to cover publishing costs?
The price of open access and who is responsible for the associated costs needs to be carefully considered in order to find a cost efficient and sustainable balance. Funding agencies including the ARC and NHMRC allow up to 2% of a grant to be spent on publication costs.
If no funds available
Another alternative is to deposit a version of the article into the repository.
Would you like the article to be available open access immediately?
Consider how quickly and what version of the article will be made openly accessible and the impact this could have on the dissemination of your research.
Will the journal reach the right audience?
Publishing in the right journal for your discipline will help reach the appropriate target audience. You can either search for an OA journal, or identify a journal and then identify the OA policyLocate an OA journal
Determine any journal's OA Policy
What peer review process does the journal go through?
As with traditional journals peer review is an important standard of quality control that should be considered. The open access movement was founded on scholarly, peer reviewed content.
Are there quality open access journals?
Apply the same quality control measures to OA journals as when selecting traditional channels of publication.
What is the journal's impact?
Metrics or citation data are commonly used to measure the impact of a journal. See the Measure research impact and quality LibGuide for more information about journal metrics.
The following resources will help you find relevant journals in your area:
The Directory of Open Access Journals search function can identify open access journals that do not charge article processing fees (APCs).