Check the quality of the journal when selecting publishing channel for an article, if the publishing channel is previously unknown. The reliability of open access journals can be assessed in the same way as for traditional scientific publications. By doing this you can avoid so-called predatory publishers (vanity publishers). At least these should be checked:
More about evaluation of open access publishers:
Most subscription-based journals offer a possibility, with a charge, to make the article openly available. This is called hybrid open access. Hybrid OA is often also referred to as "double dipping" since the university pays twice. The journal charges a subscription fee, and on top of that also an open access publication fee.
The expenses for hybrid OA are often higher than the APCs (article processing charge) in gold open access journals. Hybrid OA is therefore looked upon as a problematic model and some research funders, such as The Academy of Finland and Business Finland discourage researchers to publish hybrid OA. See an overview of the Funder policies - Tutkimusrahoittajien avoimuuden linjaukset.
Guidelines for open research at Hanken:
If the researcher chooses Gold or Hybrid Open Access any costs must be included in the research project’s budget and the Library must be informed that ACP fees have been paid.
Some (gold) open access journals cover the journal's administrative expenses by charging an Article Processing Charge (APC) from the author. The APC may vary from some tens to thousands of euros.
Always check the journal's webpage for information on APC, if you consider submitting an article to a gold OA journal. Also remember to take into account possible publication fees when applying for research funding.
Hanken researchers can publish their articles in journals published by Sage as hybrid open access for 200 GBP when acting as a corresponding author of the article. The undiscounted APC rate would be 1 600 GBP. This is made possible thanks to an agreement with publishers reached by FinElib.
Information on how to proceed: Open access publishing in Sage journal with a discounted APC rate.
Information from Sage Open Access: Publish your paper open access at a special FinElib rate.
More about discounts on APCs to publish open access.
More about the FinElib negotiations with scholarly publishers.
Open access publishing of monographs may be possible, but it is however still rare compared to open access journal articles. Some publishers (e.g. Springer, de Gruyter) have an option for gold open access, but the book processing charge (BPC) may be considerably higher than the APC for journal articles. The business models for open access publishing of books are still not as established as for journal articles.
Scholarly open access books, also sorted by topic.
OAPEN Library OA books, mainly humanities and social sciences.
OpenEdition brings together four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences.
Monographs mainly in social sciences and humanities. Information for authors.
Graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions.