Open Access refers to the practice of making scholarly research publications freely available for reading and re-use. Opening your work can boost readership, increase impact and citations, ensure you get credit for your ideas, and can increase rapid dissemination of and feedback on your research.
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Finding Reliable Open Access Journals and Books
Since identifying a predatory journal is a process and involves a lot of subjective considerations, there isn't one list of bad actors. You should use one or more of the sites below to help you identify predatory journals. Most of these are 'white lists', or lists of journals that meet certain requirements to prove they are reputable. Some are lists of characteristics for you to look for when considering a journal.
Funder OA Requirements
Many funding insititutions now require recipients to make journal articles freely available to the public. Making journal articles freely available will allow:
- access to researchers in developing countries,
- access to researchers at small institutions,
- taxpayers to see what their monies supported,
- and support public groups like patient advocacay groups and environmental groups.