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Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern University

Resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion

Open Access Spectrum

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OA Journal Directories

Sources for Open Access Publications:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - a community-curated list of open access journals and a good starting point for identifying quality, peer-reviewed open access material. DOAJ also provides a "Best Practices" for publishers, which can be useful when evaluating journals for quality.
  • Open DOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories)
    • OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.
  • Other resources/factors to consider:
    • transparent publishing practices and editorial control;
    • publisher is a member of: the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE);  Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA); and/or the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME);
    • journal is listed in Ulrichsweb Global Serial Directory (including data on peer-review & indexing);
    • articles have DOIs

Here are some leading indicators of predatory journals [Source:]:

  • Charging exorbitant rates for publication of articles in conjunction with a lack of peer-review or editorial oversight.
  • Notifying authors of fees only after acceptance.
  • Targeting scholars through mass-email spamming in attempts to get them to publish or serve on editorial boards.
  • Quick acceptance of low-quality papers, including hoax papers.
  • Listing scholars as members of editorial boards without their permission or not allowing them to resign.
  • Listing fake scholars as members of editorial boards or authors.
  • Copying the visual design and language of the marketing materials and websites of legitimate, established journals.
  • Fraudulent or improper use of ISSNs.
  • Giving false information about the location of the publishing operation.
  • Fake, non-existent, or misrepresented impact factors.

OA Repositories

Open Access Repositories at Georgia Southern:

Other Repositories,Organizations & Neworks:

Discipline-specific e-print Archives: