Open Access Publishers

Publishing peer reviewed articles in journals which enable immediate open access to these articles, mostly based on a fee model, becomes more and more widespread (Open Access Gold). And it is acclaimable that more and more publishers offer journals relying on that business model.

Evaluation Open Access Journals

All that glitters is not gold ...
But there are also some start-ups, where it is difficult to give answers concerning their reliability and reputation.

A first point of contact in this case is OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association ( The OASPA has given itself a "Code of Conduct", which is helpful and defines reliable publishers.

The Directory of Open Access Journals also uses some checking criteria to try to exclude predatory journals. is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.

Please feel free to contact the library for further advice.


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