Open Access (OA) means making research available online free of charge with as few restrictions as possible. Research published in OA journals is read and cited more often than that published in comparable non-OA journals.
There are many high-quality, peer-reviewed OA journals to choose from when submitting an article, but it's important to recognize the potential for fraud. Publishing scams often contact authors directly by email and promise quick publishing turn-around times.
Advice for Safe Publishing
Assess the reputation of a journal before submitting your research. The Think. Check. Submit. campaign provides a checklist authors can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher. Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals have been reviewed for compliance with publishing best practices and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association sets publishing standards for its members. Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, maintains a list of journals and publishers that may be scams.
You may also contact a UNH librarian if you have any questions about the reputation of a publisher or the quality of a journal.
Learn more about Open Access publishing at the the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide.