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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."

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.

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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 for peer-reviewed publishing via either three levels of membership OR $1,095 per paper. The Basic individual membership is $399/year including 1 publication; the $449 Enhanced membership covers 2 publications; Premium membership covers 3 peer-reviewed 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. As of January 1, 2017, there is a $2500 fee for research articles.

Wellcome Open Research This online journal features open peer review, rapid publication and publication fees ranging from $150 to $999 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)

Open Access Tweets

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.


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Make your own works Open Access with a Creative Commons License.

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