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Predatory Publishing

This guide aims to assist with Open Access publishing by helping to identify potential non-scholarly, for profit only publishing practices, also known as predatory publishing.

Not all Open Access Journals are predatory. The Open Access publishing model does not make a publisher predatory. Their unethical business practice does.

The Open Access Rainbow

From SHERPA RoMEO (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access Rights Metadata for Open archiving) classification scheme for open access publishing and archiving options.

GOLD The article is made open access immediately by the publisher, free of charge.
GREEN The article can be archived pre-print and post-print or as publisher's version/PDF.
BLUE The article can be archived  post-print (i.e., final draft post-refereeing) or as publisher's version/PDF.
YELLOW The article can be archived pre-print (i.e., pre-refereeing), but not post-print.
WHITE Archiving is not formally supported.


Understanding Open Access

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research. -- SPARC

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the Internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder." Peter Suber

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