Publishing open articles and books

Open access journal publishers permit free online access to the full content of their journal.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists OA journals across the globe including those published in Australia and New Zealand.

Deciding where to publish is an important decision in adding value to your research output. Library subject specialists can assist researchers with advising on a range of suitable journals for their particular areas of research. HDRs often also seek advice from their supervisors.

The Australian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) website lists many University publishers and other publishers of Open Access books, and includes information on cost.

Predatory Journals and Book Publishers:

Care should be taken not to publish with a predatory Open Access journal. Predatory open access journals exploit the open-access publishing business model. They typically charge publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals. Typically they provide no peer review and articles are simply published as submitted. In May 2016, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) removed a number of journals from its list.

Researchers should go through the Think, Check, Submit check list and view How to Access a Journal to ensure they choose a reliable journal or book publisher.

Similarly, RHD’s and early researchers should be wary of predatory book publishers (often referred to as vanity publishers) offering to publish their thesis or monograph.

Do I have to pay an article processing charge (APC)?

Most open access publishers don’t charge for publication. For example, many of the open access journals published by Australian Universities are supported by the institution and do not charge for article processing.

Some open access journals charge the author, the author’s institution, or funding body an article processing charge (APC). All Public Library of Science (PLOS) journals use this model. APCs vary and prices range from US$900 to US$5000. The AOASG’s “Article Processing Charges” factsheet offers tips for those considering an APC.

Griffith Library Services does not provide APCs, though individual Schools at times provide funds. Griffith researchers requesting support for APCs should contact their individual Schools and Heads of Research.