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Open Access and Scholarly Communication

Information about Open Access publishing, vetting journals, finding funding, and more.

Vetting Open Access Journals

There are several ways that you can check the quality of an open access journal for publishing your research:

  • The journal is indexed in an established and reputable database such as Scopus or Ulrich's, or is included in a reputable database or index in one's field.

Other resources to check are:

  • SHERPA/RoMEO: This website lists the open access policies of journals and publishers.
  • The journal's website for such information as:
    • An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number)
    • A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for each article
    • The journal's scope,  affiliation with a university or professional organization, editorial board credentials, or acceptance rates.
    • Publishing fees and copyright policies, which should be clearly indicated. (For more information about your rights as an author, see the Copyright and Authors Rights tab on this guide.)

These resources are valuable for proving the quality of journals you have published in for tenure, promotion and performance reviews.

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