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Change Where and How You Publish for Increased Access and Affordability

Many authors struggle to decide where to publish.  While the Libraries can't tell you where to publish, we can provide tools to help inform your decisions.  The links below can help you assess journals based on factors such as cost, measures of value and influence, and the depth and breadth of indexing and access.

Read, promote, cite & publish in open access journals­:

Open access journals are online scholarly publications that provide free access to their content.

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals
    This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They cover all subjects and languages and there are now over 5,550 journals in the directory. Currently, more than 2300 journals are searchable at article level and there are over 457,412 articles accessible via the database. 

BUT, beware of so-called "rogue" or "predatory" open access publishers and journals.  Predatory publishers take advantage of the "pay to publish" model currently being used by many legitimate open access publishers, who charge a fee to publish in their journal(s).  It is those fees that cover the operating costs of the journal and the associated management of peer review.  But predatory open access publishers charge a fee to an author to publish their paper and then simply put the paper up on their journal's web site - no legitimate peer review ever takes place.  See Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers for more information.  And if you are contacted by a publisher that is not on Beall's list but which you suspect might be less than reputable, see this blog post for suggestions on how to identify an open access publisher that is potentially a scammer.

Publish in cost effective journals, submit work to publishers with enlightened copyright policies & decline to serve as an editor of unreasonably expensive journals:

Use the tools below to find pricing and impact factors for the journals which you edit, or in which you pub­lish. Even though more journals become available every year, the ability of university libraries to subscribe to new journals is diminishing due to escalating journal prices. 

  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory UW restricted
    Search for journals by title or browse by subject.  Every journal is assigned to one or more subject areas and each entry includes data on journal audience and peer review/refereed status.  Entries also provide institutional prices (what libraries pay), publication frequency, publisher info, as well as a list of how and where researchers can find the journal's articles (indexing/abstracting and article access).  Ulrich's covers titles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • Journal Cost-Effectiveness 2011
    This search tool allows you to search by title, publisher or ISSN within broad subject areas to retrieve a journal or list of journals with cost data broken down by cost per article and cost per citation with a relative price index color coded for very low value (red), low value (yellow) and good value (green).  The developers, Ted Bergstrom and Preston McAfee, include more information on how these numbers are calculated.
  • Eigenfactor.org
    While many authors are familiar with the ISI Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor project offers other measures of article influence, with both the Eigenfactor Score* and the Article Influence Score**.  The creators of Eigenfactor.org incorporate citation analysis not only from scholarly journals, but also PhD theses, newspapers, and popular press to map influence across disciplines.  For more information on the scores, please read through the Eigenfactor FAQ
    *Eigenfactor™ Score(EF): A measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year.
    **Article Influence™ Score(AI): a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations and comparable to Impact Factor.
  • Journal Citation Reports [JCR] UW restricted
    Searchable by title, subject or publisher, the JCR allows you to identify the most frequently cited journal titles in a field, as well as  a journal's Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, Article Influence score, citation counts and other data.
  • SHERPA-RoMEO
    Find information that can help you determine your ability to post and share your article once published.  SHERPA-RoMEO collects information on default copyright and self-archiving policies for publishers and journals (individual authors may negotiate for exceptions/changes).
  • JANE: Journal/author name estimator
    To locate relevant biomedical journals in which to publish, paste your article title, abstract draft or keywords into the JANE search box, and retrieve a list of journals ranked by a confidence score (see the Biosemantics Group FAQ for an explanation of the confidence factor).  Result lists are ordered by the confidence score, and include Article Influence ratings from Eigenfactor.org and links to the related article citation.  Developed by the Biosemantics Group and funded by the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre.

Start your own OA journal or alternative non-profit publication, or transfer an existing publication to an open access model:

  • UW ResearchWorks
    The Libraries now offers the ResearchWorks Journal Hosting Service, through which UW affiliates can publish open access journals using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) software.  See all ResearchWorks services.
  • Public Knowledge Product
    View the international distribution of journals known to be using Open Journal Systems to manage and/or publish their contents as of January 2010.
  • SPARC Income Models for Supporting Open Access
    This Web site and accompanying guide provide an overview of income models currently being used to support the open-access distribution of peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific journals.

Talk about these publishing issues with your society:

Encourage your scholarly society to follow publishing best practices including maintaining reasonable prices for its journals.