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Open Access: Evaluating a journal

Evaluating the openness of a journal

Platinum (or sponsored) open access
Allows immediate access to the content of a journal without subscription fees or article processing fees. All the costs of publishing the journal are covered by one or more sponsoring organizations.

Gold open access
Makes a journal article immediately freely available online.  Authors pay Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Hybrid open access
Makes individual articles open access in a traditional subscription-based journal.

Delayed open access
Provides open access to the content of a journal upon the expiration of a specific embargo period. 

Think. Check. Submit





Think. Check. Submit is a checklist
to help authors identify trustworthy journals.

Evaluating the credibility of a journal