Journals: Open Access Journals
What is an Open Access Journal?
What is an Open Access Journal? An Open Access journal is a journal that requires no subscription or institutional login for access. Access is free of charge. Articles found within an Open Access journal are digitally available for everyone to access. Some journals may offer hybrid access, where some articles or issues are openly available while others are not. Open Access journals have been growing in numbers and popularity in Canada and around the world.
In selecting any journal for publication, it is important to look for markers of credibility and good reputation. Open Access in and of itself is not an indicator of quality or lack of quality in a journal or publisher. In particular, consider factors such as:
For more information see the Library's guide The Right Place to Publish: Considerations in Choosing a Journal or Publisher.
Examples of Open Access Journals
* formerly paid access. See also: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Pros and Cons of Open Access Journals
No subscription fees
Greater access to research that can influence policy
Demonstrate benefit and accountability of grant- or publicly-funded research
Open access for researchers in developing countries
Greater online visibility and public readership
Need to assess critically for legitimacy, quality, peer-review
Variable funding models may mean sustainability concerns compared to traditional paid access