Finding Open Access Journals – Top Tips

By publishing in a fully open access journal (one that is not funded by subscriptions, does not charge for readers to access the content and usually uses the Creative Commons licenses), you can get maximum exposure for your work as everyone will be able to access your research.

If you are a staff member or student at the University of Reading, you can get the article processing charge (APC) paid for you via the University Library if you are publishing in a fully open access journal. You have to apply for funding before you submit your article and we’ll check that we have sufficient funds remaining in our University Open Access account and that the journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

There are several tools that can help you find a suitable open access journal for your research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Search DOAJ to find fully open access journals in your subject area. Journals awarded the DOAJ Seal of Approval have achieved a high level of openness, have committed to best practices and have adopted high publishing standards.

SCImago Journal Rankings

The SCImago Journal and Country Rank website is a freely available portal that helps you find journals by subject area and country. You can also opt to search for only open access journals using a filter on the search screen. The search is based on information from the Scopus database. In the search results you will see some metrics, such as the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and which SJR quartile the journal belongs to, and the country of publication.  By clicking on the name of the journal, you can find out more about the publisher, subject categories covered by the journal and some data on past citation history.

Screen shot of a sample search for an open access journal

Screen shot of a journal search on the SCImago Journal and Country Rank website

Scopus

The Scopus database (accessible to University of Reading staff and students via an institutional subscription) has a useful journal finding tool that also lets you search for just open access journals in your subject area.

 

 

 

 

 

You can also use the Scopus Journal Analyzer tool to make some direct comparisons between journals, for example, what percentage of articles published in the journal are uncited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher websites

Many publishers also offer ways of finding just their open access journals, check out their webpages for more information. For example, the SpringerNature Journal Suggester and the Elsevier Journal Finder can be configured to only recommend open access titles.

Don’t forget to Think, Check, Submit

Before you submit your precious research output to any journal, open access or a traditional one, always follow the guidance from the Think, Check, Submit campaign to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable publisher/journal. There’s a handy video on the Think Check Submit website to guide you to a reputable publisher: https://vimeo.com/151882443

 

 

 

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CentAUR statistics for September 2018

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Open Access Week 2018

International Open Access Week, now in its tenth year, is the chance to celebrate the great benefits of opening up knowledge for all. To mark the occasion the University of Reading is hosting a number of events throughout the week.

 

Monday 22 October – Drop in: Open Access FAQs with the CentAUR Team

Do you have questions about ROSS, REF, or Open Access? The CentAUR team will answer your frequently asked questions. If you are not able to come along tweet us your questions at @UniRdg_CentAUR using the hashtag #askthecentaur.

Time: 1-2pm. Location: Edith Morley G74.

 

Wednesday 24 October – Paywall

Join us for a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a documentary about academic publishing and the tug of war over paywalls.
https://paywallthemovie.com/

Time: 1-2:30pm. Location: Edith Morley G27.

 

Friday 26 October –The Game of Open Access

Play an open access board game about open access! At this informal session you will develop an understanding of open access through the initial idea for an article to its acceptance for publication. Bring your lunch.

Time: 1-2pm. Location: Carrington 201.

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CentAUR statistics for August 2018

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CentAUR statistics for July 2018

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CentAUR statistics for June 2018

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CentAUR statistics for May 2018

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CentAUR statistics for April 2018

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CentAUR statistics for March 2018

March 2018 key stats

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Online course: Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Action network is inviting applications for its online course on Open Data Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition.

About the course

This course aims to strengthen the capacity of data producers and data consumers to manage and use open data in agriculture and nutrition. It will equip participants with an understanding of different types of data formats and uses, and will highlight how important it is for data to be reliable, accessible and transparent.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and benefits of open data
  • Understand ethics and responsible use of data
  • Identify the steps to advocate for open data policies
  • Understand how and where to find open data
  • Apply techniques to data analysis and visualisation
  • Recognise the necessary steps to set up an open data repository
  • Define the FAIR data principles
  • Understand the basics of copyright and database rights
  • Apply open licenses to data

The course is delivered through the Moodle e-learning platform.

Who should apply?

The course will be of interest to researchers working in the areas of  agriculture, nutrition, weather and climate, and land data, as well as to anyone supporting research or involved in policy-making or communication in these areas.

Important dates

The course runs from 9 April to 4 May 2018.

Applications must be submitted via the online registration form by Sunday 1 April.

 

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