Characteristics of open access journals include:
In terms of business operations, there are three types of open access journals:
Authors may want to think about the following issues before submitting a manuscript to an open access journal:
This list is by no means exhaustive. Details of these issues are addressed in this handout.
Please note that the same criteria can also be applied to evaluate subscription-based journals.
The following list shows positive signs for open access journals. It is built upon the Open Access Journal Quality Indicators from the Grand Valley State University Libraries.
Some negative signs are noted in this handout. If you have any questions or comments on the above features, please feel free to contact your Academic Liaison or Digital Scholarship in the University of Kentucky Libraries.