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Academic Publishing

Best practices and pitfalls to avoid in the academic publishing process.

What Is Open Access?

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) defines open access as "the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment." 

HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum (PDF) – a guide to understanding the components of an open access journal. This two-page guide includes a chart to help discern what makes a journal more open vs. less open or closed.

Open Access Journal Quality Indicators – published by librarians at Grand Valley State University, this web site outlines positive and negative indicators that are characteristics of legitimate and counterfeit open access journals.

Open Access Directory (OAD) – a wiki where the open access (OA) community can create and support simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. It launched on April 30, 2008.

Associations Promoting Open Access Publishing

COPE is committed to educating and supporting editors, publishers and those involved in publication ethics with the aim of moving the culture of publishing towards one where ethical practices become the normal part of the publishing culture. Our approach is firmly in the direction of influencing through education, resources and support of our members alongside the fostering of professional debate in the wider community.

What to do if you suspect plagiarism in a published manuscript (flowchart)

The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals. Today, the independent database contains approximately 12,000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.

Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish research - 19 Dec 2018

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a membership organization that was established in 2008 in order to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines. One of the core goals of OASPA is to support the transition to a world in which open access becomes the predominant model of publication for scholarly outputs.

Redhead, C., (2013). “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.” Retrieved from the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association web site:

SPARC works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article (PDF)

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field.

The Scholarly Kitchen - 

Established in 1995, WAME (pronounced “whammy”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals from countries throughout the world who seek to foster international cooperation among and education of medical journal editors.

Ethical Dilemmas in Scientific Publication - September 2005