An open access publication provides free global access with minimal or no copyright limitations. Open access publications are freely available for redistribution and reuse.
The Directory of Open Access Journals lists more than 9,900 free-to-read, full-text, quality-controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
Some open access publishers charge article processing fees (APCs). Fees can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the publisher and the journal title. The Open Publishing Support Fund is available to UT authors to offset these open access publishing fees.
The Libraries partners with some publishers to offer discounted APCs. BioMed Central is one example of such an open access publisher.
Choosing where to publish is an individual decision and should be based on a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages it may present to the author’s career development. Both open access and subscription access journals vary in quality. Research impact can be measured in a variety of ways.
Before making a personal decision about where to publish, consult a department head, mentor, and/or other senior colleagues.
Funding Public (Open) Access to Research
The economic model for open access publishing draws on resources from the scholarly community to make peer-reviewed content widely available at a reasonable cost. Publishing costs may be shared among institutions, other funding agencies, and authors for the public good.
Public and private funding institutions have interests in promoting barrier-free access to scholarly resources. Some agencies promote open access by paying author fees. The SHERPA JULIET project maintains a list of research funders’ open access policies.