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Open Access

A collection of open access (free) resources. Includes journals, ebooks, and primary sources.

Drawbacks to OA Publishing

As with any form of publishing there are potential drawbacks

  1. Some OA journals charge an author fees to publish. Fees vary greatly. For example, the largest publishers of Open Access journals (BioMed Central and PloS charge between $1350 and $2250 to publish an open access article). *The Library's Transformative Agreement with Cambridge University Press covers the author fees to publish OA.*
  2. It may take time for open access journals to acquire an impact factor. 

Predatory Journals

"Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices." (Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. Nature, 11 December 2019)

Some open access journals can and may be predatory journals. There have always been vanity presses and publishers who are more interested in making a profit than supporting and promoting excellent research and scholarship

There are several resources that you can consult to determine if an OA publisher is credible or predatory: