Subscription? Green Open Access? Gold Open Access? Hybrid Open Access? What's it all mean?!
Click on the images below for a full-sized graphic illustration of the various publishing modes.
Traditional (subscription-based) publishing:
"Green" Open Access publishing:
Our University OA repository for scholarly content is called Minds@UW.
"Gold" Open Access publishing:
Hybrid OA is not quite any of these. Hybrid OA means a traditional, subscription-based journal publisher lets the author choose to pay a higher Article Processing Charge in order to make their individual article OA (freely-available to all readers) right away. Note that the APCs for this model average much higher than for green or gold OA models.
Evaluate open access journals for similar factors much as you would traditional subscription-based publishing.
ThinkCheckSubmit.org has a great checklist for all journals.
Prior to submitting an article to a lesser-known journal, consider the following:
The journal's start date:
Quality of archived articles and credibility of their authors:
Quality of peer review process:
Where the journal is indexed:
Editorial board members and reviewers:
Publisher ethical practice:
Writers Beware! Predatory Publishers: A Serials Crisis for the 21st Century
By Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado Denver
Listen to Beall's Spring 2014 presentation at UW-Stevens Point to be informed about predatory publishing practices, especially when considering unfamiliar journals for your article submission:
Many academics have also heard of Beall's List, a list of likely predatory publishers originally maintained by librarian Jeffrey Beall. He no longer updates his list, but some anonymous academic has kept an archived copy of the list and attempts to add to it periodically: https://beallslist.weebly.com/. While no list is exhaustive, Beall's article about possible predatory publishing red flags may be helpful as well.