The number of open access (OA) journals soared in the past decade. In the meantime, authors may have heard news about journals with dubious editorial and business practices and thus have questions about the quality and legitimacy of OA journals.
One handy resource for finding reliable OA journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). It indexes OA journals that pass its evaluation criteria. Additionally, DOAJ serves as a tool for finding articles published by the indexed journals. Other resources for finding OA journals include:
When considering whether to publish in a particular OA journal, you may want to refer to Think. Check. Submit. and follow its guidance for journals. The video below provides an introduction to Think. Check. Submit. as an online resource.
If you are concerned about a journal's editorial practices, you can check whether the journal observes the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). UChicago authors who have questions about OA and/or OA journals can contact the Library's subject specialists or the Center for Digital Scholarship for assistance.
Some federal agencies, as part of their grant requirements, may require researchers to share their articles in an open article repository. The NIH is one example. Below are some resources for understanding those requirements.