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Open Access (OA) Publishing

A brief guide to finding quality open access (OA) journals in which to publish your research

Pros & Cons of Open Access


  • Articles are free to anyone
  • They are accessible to researchers in developing countries
  • There are more journals in which to publish
  • They are often thought to be more frequently cited (Perhaps due to ease of access, not necessarily because of higher quality)


  • Often the author (or proxy) pays article processing charge
  • There may be concerns regarding less quality control
  • There is a concern about whether your article will be permanently archived
  • It is more difficult to distinguish between credible and predatory journals

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