Publishing your work open access provides unrestricted access and reuse of your research outputs. Traditionally, readers pay for the access, though the payment is usually covered through library subscriptions. However, even the richest library is now facing the budget problem with the ever-increasing subscription costs (The Guardian, 2012). This is why OA comes in as it removes this price barrier. Some OA journals will ask authors to pay an APC to make their articles freely available online. The APC is usually be covered by institutions or funders.
There are two types of OA journals: (Pure) OA journals, and hybrid OA journals.
The journal is a traditional, subscription-based journal, which provides an option for authors to pay extra to make article available on a Gold OA basis, or self-archive the article (Green OA) without paying extra but the article will become available after an embargo period. (What are Gold OA and Green OA? Checkthis table)
Like traditional journals, OA journals also have good quality and bad quality ones. There is no single criterion that determines whether or not a journal is reputable and of good quality. The following table presents a list of both positive and negative indicators, which will guide you through this evaluation. Contact us if you need any assistance.
QOAM is another tool to help you quickly check opinions on OA journals. It uses Base Score Card to score the transparency of a journal’s website with respect to four critical journal aspects: Editorial information, Peer review, Governance and Workflow. It also provides price information given by both the journal's website and the authors who published with the journal.
PolyU School of Nursing is a member of BioMed Central (BMC) and SpringerOpen, both from Springer Nature. Staff and students of School of Nursing can enjoy a discount when publishing in BMC and SpringerOpen journals.
PolyU Library is one of the member libraries of JULAC, which is a partner of SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics). PolyU authors can publish in any SCOAP3 journals at no direct cost.