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.
Here are some resources to help you identify predatory journals, publishers and conferences. Watch the fun video first.
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.