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Scholarly Communication: Open Access

"Open Access is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions." -- Peter Suber

The two methods of open access for enhanced dissemination of scholarship are: 1) publish in open access journals and  2) deposit peer-reviewed manuscripts and other work in repositories such as Pitt's D-Scholarship@Pitt and PubMed Central(PMC). Both methods are Google-searchable and provide access to full-text scholarly materials. Find out more from Peter Suber's "A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access."

NEW: Paywalled? Get an Open Access version!

With so many published papers now freely available through repositories and preprint servers, it's only natural that a new service has emerged: the free version detector. With one click, search the world for free versions of published research.

Find Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a reliable resource for Open Access journals, with strict quality criteria. Now with a filter for the a) green DOAJ seal of outstanding compliance with open access standards or the b) orange DOAJ seal of highest standards Best Practices.


Open Access Journal & Funder Policies

New models of OPEN!!

PeerJ has rapid peer review and low cost. Indexed in PubMed, Web of Science, Biosis, EMBASE, Scopus & more with JCR Impact Factor. Low cost to publish via either membership OR per paper. The individual membership is $99/year, which includes 1 publication, while the $299 lifetime membership includes unlimited publications. 

eLife  Login with your ORCID iD for rapid peer review and online publication. Indexed in PubMed, MEDLINE,Web of Science, Biosis, EMBASE, Scopus & more. eLife has opted out of JCR Impact Factor to focus on article quality. Currently no publication fee ($0!!) but as of January 1, 2017, there will be a $2500 fee for research articles.

Wellcome Open Research New in November 2016! This online journal features open peer review, rapid publication and publication fees ranging from $135 to $900 depending on length. It accepts many publication types, from research and systematic reviews to datasets. Supporting data is required with research publications. 

Video: Open Access Explained (8:24)

A concise tour of open access publishing from PhDComics. (10/25/2012)

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