For already published scholarship
Determine the copyright status of your already published works by browsing SHERPA/RoMEO
Find an Open Access Journal
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. The directory currently includes almost 9,000 journals.
Find an Open Access Repository
To find an open access repository, search the OpenDOAR database. OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
Submit to WCU's institutional repository (IR)
NC DOCKS holds the works of students and faculty from 8 UNC schools. Why archive your work there?
Any faculty member interested in contributing works to WCU's IR, NC DOCKS, should contact Scottie Kapel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preserve your rights as an author - do not automatically sign the publisher's "Copyright Transfer Agreement." Use the SPARC Author Addendum when you submit a publication to a publisher.
Know Your Rights As the Author
Scrutinize the Publication Agreement
What if the Publisher Rejects the Author Addendum?
Reputable OA journals should meet the following standards:
If a journal you are considering publishing in is sending up red flags by not meeting these standards, it might be better to consider another place to publish your article.
For more information, click "Task 3: Avoid Predatory Publishers" below.