This week is open access week, a global event dedicated to Open Access (OA) in research and scholarship. If you are considering making your scholarly work freely available to all, the following three tools will be helpful.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The DOAJ includes more than eight thousand peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific journals whose content is available online at no charge, though some charge a publication fee to the author. The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Use the DOAJ to find journals in your field where you can publish your research. This method of open access is called gold open access.
Another path to open access is self-archiving an article published in a traditional subscription journal in an institutional repository, also known as green open access. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides publisher copyright policies for self-archiving authors’ work on the web or in an open access repository. Each publisher entry provides a summary of the publisher’s policy, including what version of an article can be deposited, where it can be deposited, when it can be deposited, and any other conditions that are attached to that deposit. These are general policies of publishers, but some do make exceptions that allow self-archiving so make sure to ask your publisher.
The University of California’s institutional repository is eScholarship. eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with UC to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship. eScholarship also provides deposit and dissemination services for postprints, or previously published articles.