Open Access is a departure from traditional publishing models that allows for distribution of content to online readers for free by altering the financial and operational model. Open Access journals are able to eliminate online subscription costs by either front loading costs through article processing fees to authors, or by supporting their operations through sponsorship, advertising, use of voluntary labor, or by underwriting online costs through selling subscriptions to the printed form of the journal.
A few of our faculty share their experience with open access journals, below.
David Aucoin discusses Open Access Publishing. Audio file. Text transcript.
Kristine Galek discusses Open Access Publishing. Audio file. Text transcript.
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Tips on Identifying and Avoiding Predatory Publishers
World Association of Medical Editors
This WAME document aims to provide guidance to help editors, researchers, funders, academic institutions and other stakeholders distinguish predatory journals from legitimate journals.
Scimago Journal Impact Factors
The Scimago Journal & Country Rank is a publicly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. Journals can be compared or analysed separately.
Sherpa / Romeo
SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis.
COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics
COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. It also provides a forum for its members to discuss individual cases. COPE does not investigate individual cases but encourages editors to ensure that cases are investigated by the appropriate authorities (usually a research institution or employer).
Stop Predatory Journals
The site is built by anonymous contributions from the scholarly community to provide data weighing on journals and publishers in order to maintain a fair case for boycotting them. It is hoped that this collaborative approach will give some ownership of the list to the scholarly community that is meant to be served by it.
Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison
This article in BMC Medicine provides a very thorough examination of predatory journals and an extensive set of criteria to apply in evaluation the credibility of a journal or publisher.