Open Access

Publishing Models

Here is a list of some OA publishers and their publishing guidelines:

  • PLoS - Public Library of Science.  Publication fees are linked on their website.  Notre Dame is an institutional member.  As a result, ND authors are eligible for discounted publication fees. Click here for a list of ND authors who have published in PLoS journals.
  • BioMed Central - BioMed Central is a commercial publisher that makes all published articles immediately available to the public. Notre Dame has a supporter membership to BioMed Central.  Membership allows authors a 15% publishing discount. Publishing fees are listed here. Here is a list of BioMed Central articles published by ND authors.

Hybrid publishers

Some publishers will publish some OA articles, and some non-OA articles.  They may charge publishing fees for the OA articles.  Here are some examples of these hybrid models:


More information on publisher policies:

Visit RoMEO to find publisher policies on self-archiving journal articles in OA repositories.  For example, here is a summary of Wiley-Blackwell's policies on self-archiving.

Information for Authors

Open Access isn't free.

OA publications are free for readers, but there are still costs associated with publishing in OA journals.  According to a 2007 survey - about 47% of OA journals charge author fees. The costs for OA Green publications are usually absorbed by the universities or organizations that host the documents. 

OA Gold journals sometimes charge a fee for publishing articles.  Many different models exist, so if you are planning to publish in an OA journal, please investigate author fees prior to writing your grant. Some grant funding agencies allow you to write in anticipated fees for publishing/disseminating your research findings.  See Section G.2. on the NSF Summary Proposal Budget form.

Some universities have created central funding to underwrite author fees (see information on COPE - Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity). Notre Dame does not have this type of funding at this time, but discounts may be offered through Notre Dame library memberships.


Worried about quality?  Many OA Gold journals are peer-reviewed and held to the same standards as traditional journals.  For example, the Directory of Open Access Journals states that journals indexed on their site must exercise peer-review and/or editorial quality control to be included. This said, not all OA journals are equal.  Visit this blog post to see a list of "predatory open access publishers."

Is impact factor an issue?  Research indicates that OA journals are widely read and cited.  Here is information on impact factors from BioMed Central.  PLoS also provides information on the impact factors of their journals. A 2006 study indicates that OA articles are more likely to be cited than non-OA journals.

Do you publish in the Humanities?  Open Humanities Press (OHP) is an OA publisher in critical and culture theory. OHP does not charge any author fees.

Last Update: 30 Oct 21:11