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Change Where and How You Publish for Increased Access and Affordability

Many authors struggle to decide where to publish.  While the Libraries can't tell you where to publish, we can provide tools to help inform your decisions.  The links below can help you assess journals based on factors such as cost, measures of value and influence, and the depth and breadth of indexing and access.

Read, promote, cite & publish in open access journals­:

Open access journals are online scholarly publications that provide free access to their content.

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals
    This service lists free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, and in many cases provides a link to a journal's website/content.  DOAJ lists only peer-reviewed open access journals in all subjects and dozens of languages.  There are now roughly 10,000 journals listed in the directory. Currently, more than half are searchable at the article level, with over 1.5 million articles accessible via the database.
  • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory UW restricted This database let you search for journals in a particular field and then limit your search to journals that are open access.  [Look under "Key Features" on the Advanced Search page.]

    BUT, beware of so-called "rogue" or "predatory" open access publishers and journals.  Predatory publishers take advantage of the "pay to publish" model currently being used by many legitimate open access publishers, who charge a fee to publish in their journal(s).  Legitimate open access publishers use those fees to cover the operating costs of the journal and the associated management of peer review.  But predatory open access publishers charge a fee to an author to publish their paper and then simply put the paper up on their journal's web site - no legitimate peer review ever takes place.  See Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers for more information.  And if you are contacted by a publisher that is not on Beall's list but which you suspect might be less than reputable, see this blog post for suggestions on how to identify an open access publisher that is potentially a scammer.

    Publish in cost effective journals, decline to serve as an editor of unreasonably expensive journals:

    Use the tools below to find pricing and impact factors for the journals which you edit, or in which you pub­lish. Even though more journals become available every year, the ability of university libraries to subscribe to new journals is diminishing due to escalating journal prices.

    • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory UW restricted
      Search for journals by title or browse by subject.  Every journal is assigned to one or more subject areas and each entry includes data on journal audience and peer review/refereed status.  Entries also provide institutional prices (what libraries pay), publication frequency, publisher info, as well as a list of how and where researchers can find the journal's articles (indexing/abstracting and article access).  Ulrich's covers titles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
    • Journal Cost-Effectiveness 2013
      This search tool allows you to search by title, publisher or ISSN within broad subject areas to retrieve a journal or list of journals with cost data broken down by cost per article and cost per citation with a relative price index color coded for very low value (red), low value (yellow) and good value (green).  The developers, Ted Bergstrom and Preston McAfee, include more information on how these numbers are calculated.

    Submit work to publishers with enlightened copyright policies.

    Find information that can help you determine your ability to post and share your work once it's published.  SHERPA/RoMEO collects information on default copyright and self-archiving policies for both publishers and individual journals.

    Consider publishing in journals with broad reach and high impact.

    As studies such as this one have shown, open access articles are in some cases more widely read because they're freely available.  The following tools can be used to determine other measures of a journal's impact.

    • Eigenfactor.org
      While many authors are familiar with the ISI Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor project offers other measures of article influence, with both the Eigenfactor Score* and the Article Influence Score**.  The creators of Eigenfactor.org incorporate citation analysis not only from scholarly journals, but also PhD theses, newspapers, and popular press to map influence across disciplines.  For more information on the scores, please read through the Eigenfactor FAQ
      *Eigenfactor™ Score(EF): A measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year.
      **Article Influence™ Score(AI): a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations and comparable to Impact Factor.
    • Journal Citation Reports [JCR] UW restricted
      Searchable by title, subject or publisher, the JCR allows you to identify the most frequently cited journal titles in a field, as well as  a journal's Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, Article Influence score, citation counts and other data.
    • JANE: Journal/author name estimator
      To locate relevant biomedical journals in which to publish, paste your article title, abstract draft or keywords into the JANE search box, and retrieve a list of journals ranked by a confidence score (see the Biosemantics Group FAQ for an explanation of the confidence factor).  Result lists are ordered by the confidence score, and include Article Influence ratings from Eigenfactor.org and links to the related article citation.  Developed by the Biosemantics Group and funded by the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre.

    Start your own OA journal or alternative non-profit publication, or transfer an existing publication to an open access model:

    Talk about these publishing issues with your society:

    Encourage your scholarly society to follow publishing best practices including maintaining reasonable prices for its journals.