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Open Access

Quality Indicators for OA Journals

Contact the librarian for your department on specific titles.  There is no single indicator or criterion to determine a journal's impact or place in the field of scholarship. 

Begin by searching for the title in the Directory of Open Access Journals

View Boston College Libraries' guide to OA journal quality indicators

See Grand Valley State Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

View the editorial board.

View past issues to see who has published in them.

Open Access Journal Policies & Fees

Open access journals are those that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. They are peer reviewed. Funding to support peer-reviewed open access sometimes is derived from submission fees for the author. 

Does a journal have an author processing cost (APC) or submission fee? Search DOAJ.

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