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Open access journals
make their content available online without charging fees
to readers or libraries.They are peer-reviewed and often have citation rates and
impact factors equal to traditional subscription-based journals. Benefits for authors
include expanding the potential distribution of your research to a global audience,
regardless of the reader’s ability to pay.
• Consult the Directory
of Open Access Journals for a list of more than 5418
open access titles, 2270 of which you can search here at the article level.
• Check the Author’s
Advice page at SHERPA for funding agency rules and
publishers’ copyright agreements -
• Take advantage of
VCU’s Supporting Membership in BioMed Central to
receive a 15% discount on author charges.
For more details, go to http://www.biomedcentral.com .
• Consider commercial
publishers who are experimenting with different models.
Selected titles from these publishers charge authors a fee to permit open access.
NIH allows grant funds to pay for publication fees.
Here are a few of the publishers with current initiatives:
Chemical Society AuthorChoice
American Physical Society Free to Read
Wiley-Blackwell’s Online Open
Cambridge Open Option
Karger Author’s Choice
Springer Open Choice
Taylor & Francis iOpenAccess
Wiley Online Open
For more information
on issues in scholarly communication:
Libraries Scholarly Communications Clearinghouse
Prepared by Lynne
Turman, VCU Libraries
Updated by Dan Ream , VCU Libraries