The primary publication of a scientific or scholarly work as an article in an OA journal or its primary publication by an OA publisher is referred to as gold open access. The difference to the conventional commercial publishing model is that no subscription charges have to be paid in order to access the work. Subscription charges are the fees paid by academic libraries to publishers in order to be supplied with printed versions of academic journals. Access to digital journals is governed by licensing agreements between the academic publishers and the libraries.
Information and access to peer-reviewed open access journals is provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Information about journals or publishers considered untrustworthy is available on our ‘Predatory publishing’ web page.