Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Open Access

Discover more about open access, main issues and concerns, copyright and other available publishing options

Publish in an Open Access journal

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:

  • Fee-based OA journals require payment by the author - an article processing charge (APC).The APC can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
  • No-fee OA journals do not charge any author fees for publication. They are often published by universities, societies or research centres.


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.

Identify the best Open Access option for you

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.

                       What is the impact of the journal? What is the quality of the journal? What is the peer review process? How relevant is the journal? How quickly should the article be made available? Do you have funding to cover costs?


Open access considerations by Curtin Library

Find OA journals

The following resources will help you find relevant journals in your area:

Identifying OA journals with no APCs

The Directory of Open Access Journals search function can identify open access journals that do not charge article processing fees (APCs).

  • Open DOAJ website
  • Select the Advanced Search option

Screen excerpt of DOAJ search toolbar sourced from DOAJ landing page at

  • Select the Journals from the 'Journals vs Articles' filter

Screen excerpt of advanced search filtering options highlighting selection of Journals

  • Expand the Article Processing Charges (APCs) filter
  • Selecting 'No' will retrieve a list of all the journals DOAJ has recorded as not charging APCs

Screen excerpt of advanced search filtering options highlighting Article Processing Charges

  • APC information is displayed under each journal in search results and under the 'Publication Charges' section on a journal's home page