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.
Depositing a copy of your publication in OA repositories is another way to share your work. There are both institutional repository and subject-specific repositories. Be aware that different repositories deal with different copyright policies. Check OA Copyright for more information.
Owned and operated by Cornell University, arXiv provides e-print archive and distribution service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.
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). This means that PolyU authors can publish in any SCOAP3 journals at no direct cost.
A "pre-print"is any version prior to peer review and publication, usually the version submitted to a journal.
"accepted after peer review"
A "post-print" or "accepted manuscript" is any version approved by peer review. Sometimes it's important to distinguish two kinds of post-print: (a) those that have been peer-reviewed but not copy-edited and (b) those that have been both peer-reviewed and copy-edited. Some journals give authors permission to deposit the first but the not the second kind in an OA repository.
"accepted and formatted"
A "published" version is the final formatted, published version. Most publishers do not allow this version to be self-archived, while some allow - given that an embargo period is set (usually 6, 12 or 24 months after publishing).
PolyU Institutional Research Archive accepts the deposit of post-print or accepted manuscript, including modifications based on referees' suggestions but before the publisher’s copy editing and formatting. Check Sherpa-RoMEO database to find out the publisher or journal policies towards self-archiving.