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Research and Scholarship

A guide to resources for faculty on scholarly publishing.

Benefits of Open Access



According to SPARC, Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research. Watch this short video to learn about Open Access and why you should try publishing in OA journals. 

Publishing in Open Access Journals - Fall 2020

Selected list of trusted Open Access Journal Collections

  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals: Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.
  • PubMed Central: PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
  • ArXiv: Open access to nearly 800,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Quantitative Biology, and Quantitative Finance and Statistics. Many of these articles are in preprint format. 
  • BioMed Central: BioMed Central publishes 243 peer-reviewed open access journals.
  • ‚ÄčRoyal Society Open Science: Open journal publishing research across all of science, engineering and mathematics.
  • PeerJ: The Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences is a peer-reviewed & Open Access journal publishing primary research and reviews in biology, life sciences, environmental sciences, and medicine.
  • PLoS: Public Library of Science: PLoS is one of the first and most significant open-access publishers in the sciences,
  • Royal Society Open Biology: Open access journal publishing high impact biology at the molecular and cellular level
  • SpringerOpen: Provides a list of  OA journals by subjects
  • Elsevier's OA Journals: Open Access journals by Elsevier 
  • Taylor & Francis OA Journals: Open Access journals by T&F

Open Peer Review

Open Peer Review (OPR) is an alternative method of peer review in journals, intended to enrich the scientific text by open interactions between authors, editors and reviewers; also peer-reviewers get acknowledged for their contribution. This type of peer review is not anonymous; instead it explicitly identifies both the author of the paper and the author of the review.  After reviews are made, they are published side-by-side with the published paper. There are also concerns about retaliations and rigorousness when the name of the reviewer(s) is openly signed.  

Below are links to platforms that embrace OPR and ways to find journals that utilize it.

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