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Grant Development Resources: Open Access Publishing

Why publish in OA?

Why publish in an OA journal?

  • One way to make your data free available to satisfy funder (e.g. NSF) mandates
  • The OA journal is in a specialized area that is not covered by standard scholarly journals
  • You want to make your research freely available worldwide to your peer researchers
  • Evidence shows that open access journals get more citations

Why not to publish in an OA journal?

Tenure requirements:

  • Be aware of department/college policies
  • Not advisable to have all your research in OA journals perhaps one or two with documentation to show why you published in the particular journal                                                                                                                                     Excellent guide from UCSB

What is Open Access?

What do we mean by Open Access (OA)?

Freely available to readers online and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions of the author or copyright holders
OA IS compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.
OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature.
Different business models fare emerging depening on how OA is delivered.

Two primary vehicles for delivering OA: 

OA archives or repositories per se do not perform peer review, but simply make their contents freely available to the world. They may contain unrefereed preprints, technical reports etc. and refereed postprints and, often a combination of these. Archives may belong to institutions, such as universities and laboratories, or be based on subjects (examples: physics and economics). Authors may archive their preprints without anyone else's permission. A majority of journals already permit authors to archive their final referred, corrected copy (postprints) in (for instance) institutional repositories.

OA journals, on the other hand, do perform peer review and then make the approved contents freely available to the world. Their expenses are sometimes subsidized by the hosting university or professional society. Sometimes OA journals have to charge a processing fee on accepted articles, to be paid by the author or the author's sponsor (employer, funding agency).

Based on Peter Suber's brief description

Open Access: the six myths to put to rest:


OA Repositories

Scholarship@Beach CSULB's Institutional Repository 

NSF Public Access Repository  "As outlined in section 3.1 of the plan, NSF requires that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF for all proposals submitted after January 25, 2016   FAQ