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Open Access

This guide is to help UNLV authors learn about open access, article processing charges (APCs), avoiding predatory publishers, and open access policies.

Quick Access Tools

The following are some quick and easy tools to help you determine whether a publisher is legitimate.

Predatory Publishers

Predatory Publishers: Aggressive marketing to unsuspecting authors, fictional editorial boards, little or no peer review, unqualified reviewers, and generally poor editorial quality are issues that plague the journal publishing landscape.  Regardless of whether a journal asks for an APC or is subscription based, authors can critically evaluate journals before submitting their manuscripts. Use the authors checklist for evaluating journals or  Contact a Subject Librarian for assistance.

If I want my article to be freely available, is paying an APC my only choice? Some journals allow authors to post manuscripts or final articles in institutional repositories or the author's website. Some authors choose to negotiate for the right to do so if the journal doesn't already allow "self-archiving." 

Tools for Evaluating Journals

These sites provide some more in depth guidance for evaluating OA journals and may help authors avoid paying APCs to low-quality or even predatory publishers.


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