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Open Access

Open Access is an international movement to support unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research. This guide provides resources and information for the UNT community about this emerging trend in the way that researchers communicate their

How to Publish in Open Access Journals

Some researchers are cautious about selecting OA publications for their research due to misconceptions or uncertainty about how to choose an outlet. The following resources may answer some of those concerns.

Choosing and evaluating an open access publication

International OA publications

  • SciELO.org offers a directory of OA scientific journals in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain & Portugal
  • redalyc.org provides a network of scientific journals in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain & Portugal
  • OpenEdition.org offers a collection of international OA journals and other publication platforms
  • Cyberleninka.ru provides a directory of Russian-language OA publications

Protecting author's rights
OA publishing can actually help authors maintain more control over access to and use of their published work, provided they learn how to negotiate their intellectual property rights and utilize Creative Commons licenses.

  • UNT Libraries Copyright Advisory Services can help answer questions or concerns about author's rights, provide information on negotiating author addendums, and discuss licensing and other intellectual property issues.
  • Creative Commons provides a set of customizable copyright licenses for sharing your work.

Producing an open access journal
One way to increase the quality and value of OA publishing is for scholars to establish OA journals in their own fields. 

  • UNT Libraries Journal Hosting provides hosting and consultation support to the UNT departments and faculty who are interested in producing their own online open access scholarly journal.

Paying for Open Access

Paying for open access fees
Some (but not all) OA publications require author fees for publication. Often, these fees can be waived or subsidized. Here are a few resources to help find more information.

Tips for finding OA journals with no APCs:

  1. From https://doaj.org/ , click “Advanced Search”.
  2. Under “Journals vs Articles”, choose “Journals”.  A new facet will appear: “Article processing charges (APCs)”.
  3. Under “Article processing charges (APCs)”, choose “No”.
  4. Use other facets (like “Subject”) or search terms to narrow results further.
  5. Also, one general rule of thumb is that journals that offer subscriptions usually have an option for authors to not pay an APC. Some "hybrid" journals offer an option to only pay an APC to make the article available to non-subscribers. 

Publishers offering discounts to UNT Authors

  • BIOMED CENTRAL: BioMed Central is a leading publisher of numerous open-access journals in science, technology, and medicine. UNT is a Supporter Member of BioMed Central, which entitles UNT researchers to a 15% discount on article-processing charges.
  • LUMINOS: Luminos is the open-access publishing program for monographs from the University of California Press. UNT is a Courier Member of Luminos, which entitles UNT researchers to a 10% discount on the title publication fee.
  • MDPI:  publishes 10 peer-reviewed journals in a variety of disciplines. UNT researchers receive a 10% discount on author processing charges.
  • OPEN BOOK PUBLISHERS: Open Book Publishers is run by scholars committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. UNT is member, which entitles UNT researchers to free ebook downloads and discounted prices on print editions of books from Open Book Publishers.
  • SPRINGEROPEN: Springer publishes over 195 fully open-access journals under the SpringerOpen brand. UNT is a Supporter Member of SpringerOpen, which entitles UNT researchers to a 15% discount on article-processing charges for these journals.  Note that this discount does not apply to the optional author fee for Springer’s subscription-based journals under the Open Choice program.

Open Access Policies & Research

If you aren't sure about the open access policies of your chosen publications or funding agencies, the links below can help you find more information:

  • Sherpa/Juliet: a searchable database with summaries of research funders' policies on open access.
  • Sherpa/Romeoa searchable database of journal and publisher policies on authors distributing copies of their works.

For larger discussions of OA policies at the institutional or government level, check out these sites:

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