Choose the right Open Access publisher and site

These tools and resources will help you identify quality Open Access publishers and sites for publishing your research.

Use these tools to help you decide whether a site or a publisher is credible and a good choice for the preservation and dissemination of your work in the long-term.

Journals and journal publishers

Think Check Submit - journals: a checklist to help you choose a trusted journal and publisher for your research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): check that a journal meets standards. DOAJ  provides and maintains a list of quality, peer-reviewed journal titles. Journals must meet documented basic requirements to be included in DOAJ and adhere to best practice in Open Access publishing

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA): use this list of members to check that a publisher, publication or organisation follows best practice. Members have been through a rigorous application review process and adhere to OASPA's Code of Conduct.

Sherpa Romeo: find out what your publisher will allow you to do with your journal article.

Books and book publishers

Think Check Submit – books and chapters: a checklist to help you choose a trusted publisher for your book or book chapter.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): check that a book or a publisher meets standards. DOAB provides a quality-controlled collection of open access books. Participating publishers must meet requirements specified by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN).

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA): use this list of members to check that a publisher, publication or organisation follows best practice. Members have been through a rigorous application review process and adhere to OASPA's Code of Conduct.

Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN): check that a book or a publisher meets standards. OAPEN provides a publication platform and a quality-controlled collection of open access books.

Repositories

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR): check that a repository or platform will preserve your work in the long-term, will make it easy for users to find your work and will not profit from associated advertising and add-ons. OpenDOAR hosts repositories that provide free, open access to academic outputs and resources. A repository needs to meet inclusion criteria for OpenDOAR and each entry is reviewed by the JISC editorial team.

Register of Research Data Repositories (re3data): choose a home for your data that is  trustworthy and offers facilities and governance that meet specific standards, for example ISO 27001, Core Trust Seal or TRAC (pdf).

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