Self-archiving is the practice of depositing an open version of your work online. It provides a means to make your work OA, even when you are publishing in a subscription journal. Most, but not all, scholarly journals now permit some form of self-archiving by their authors.
Channels to self-archive:
1. use an institutional repository, like NYU's Faculty Digital Archive
3. on your own website or online profile
Tools to help you self-archive for green OA:
Even if a publisher does not normally allow for self-archiving of your work, you can still negotiate those terms into your publishing agreement.
The list below includes just a few open access publishers; there exist many more.
One of the biggest open access academic publishers of monographs. “We are now the hub of choice for a rapidly increasing international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible.” Their books are free online and available for sale in print. Authors retain their own copyright.
A UK-based international scholar-led open access publishing collective with a focus on critical and cultural theory. They have partnered with a number of groups and institutions, and published open access book series and journals, including Liquid Books, a series of experimental digital books open for online commentary and remixing. They also host OHP Labs projects to explore new forms of scholarly communication and theoretically informed critique.
An open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals, books and data. “We operate a highly cost-efficient model that makes quality open access publishing affordable for everyone. We also make our platform available to the Ubiquity Partner Network, providing the infrastructure and services to enable university and society presses to run sustainably and successfully.”
A publisher of open access monographs established by the libraries of more than forty liberal arts colleges.
A non-profit funded by an international library consortium that publishes open access journals
A non-profit publisher of open access journals, largely focusing on biomedical fields.
An association of publishers and related organizations that support open access publishing
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For help in figuring out the difference between different scholarly sharing platforms and the ways you can legally share you work on them, please reach out to your subject librarian or the scholarly communication librarian.
Some journals, known as predatory journals charge large APCs without providing the peer review and editorial support that can be expected from a quality scholarly publication.
Common red flags associated with predatory publishers include:
And keep in mind, you can always contact your library subject specialist for assistance with assessing the reputability of a publisher.