Open Access publishing
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- Spectrum: Concordia's research repository
- Finding OA journals in which to publish
- Article-Processing Charges
- Institutional memberships to Open Access journals
- SPARC Canadian Author Addendum: Securing authors' rights
Spectrum: Concordia's Research Repository
Spectrum is a web-based repository where Concordia faculty, research and students can upload their published work in order to make it more widely available over the internet. Authors may deposit copies of peer-reviewed research articles, conference papers, book chapters, images, PowerPoint presentations, or other materials that reflect research activity.
Depositing an article in Spectrum involves uploading the full text of the article, then adding basic citation information - a process that can take as little as 10 minutes. Each publication stored in Spectrum will have its own lasting web address. Spectrum is regularly crawled by Google and Google Scholar, so work will be findable via these search engines.
Authors depositing their work in Spectrum sign a license giving Concordia the non-exclusive right to make the submission accessible worldwide. Concordia University does not claim copyright over anything deposited in Spectrum. Research materials deposited in institutional repositories retain their original copyright: depending on the agreement with the original publisher, either the author or the publisher will retain the rights to an article. Authors can make use of the SHERPA/RoMEO website to determine whether they are permitted to deposit an article published in a particular journal.
Finding OA journals in which to publish
You can use the resources below to identify Open Access journals in your subject area. Be sure to keep in mind the guidelines on how to recognize trusted Open Access publishers when evaluating the journals you find.
- CoFactor Journal Selector Tool: Allows you to filter your choice by subject, peer review type, speed of revision and publication, impact factor, etc.
- Directory of Open Access Journals: Browse the different subject areas by navigating the subject section on the side bar. Find out how.
- Elsevier Journal Finder: helps you choose a journal from all journals Elsevier publishes in science, medicine and technology, in which to publish your research, based on manuscript title and abstract. Open access filters are available.
- Enago Open Access Journal Finder: Enter your manuscript abstract to help you shortlist trusted OA journals that are the most compatible with your research.
- IEEE Publication Recommender: helps you choose a journal from electrical engineering, computing, biotechnology, telecommunications, power and energy and other technologies, in which to publish your research, based on keywords, key phrases, manuscript title or abstract. Open access filters are available.
- JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator: a freely available tool to help choose a biomedical journal to publish in, based on your title and abstract. It includes all active journals from PubMed and tags journals indexed in MEDLINE and open access journals approved by the DOAJ.
- Open Journal Matcher: enter an abstract and the tool will suggest suitable Open Access journals to publish in.
- Scopus: Click on the "Sources" link at the top of this is a multidisciplinary database. Then select "Browse sources", and select your subject area. Remember to select the "Display only Open Access journals" check box.
- Springer Journal Suggester: helps you choose a journal from all Springer and Biomed Central journals that publish in science, medicine, technology and some social sciences, in which to publish your research, based on manuscript title and abstract. Open access filters are available.
- Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory: This directory of periodicals allows you to limit your search to Open Access journals by subject. Find out how.
- Wiley Journal Finder: helps you choose a journal from all Wiley journals in social sciences, humanities, science, medicine, technology art and law, in which to publish your research, based on manuscript title and abstract. Open access filters are available.
Have you been asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC)?
Typically used to support open access, an APC is a charge to authors of scholarly articles during the publication process. Instead of the subscription fees paid by libraries and readers, authors support the journal’s production costs. In the end, an APC allows an article to be available without any access restrictions.
Consider the cost to benefit ratio when evaluating whether to pay APCs charged by specific journals. While costs vary, Concordia’s institutional memberships seek to reduce expenses for Concordia authors across disciplines. Benefits may include increasing visibility of your research, some top-ranking journals charge APCs, retaining your copyright, and compliance with Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. Make sure to avoid predatory journals. You can learn more by consulting the Library’s predatory publishing guide.
Bear in mind that submitting an eligible version of your article to Spectrum may offer an open-access alternative to APCs so long as you meet the journal’s self-archiving policy or have otherwise negotiated your publishing contract. See Sherpa Romeo for your journal’s open access policies.
Institutional Membership to Open Access Journals
Concordia University Library purchased an institutional membership to BioMed Central. Concordia authors publishing in BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals are eligible for a 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC). Review the submission guidelines for submitting on- and off-campus.
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Institutional membership with ASC is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible to receive a 250 USD discount on the APC for all ASC hybrid journals upon manuscript acceptance. Consult the ACS’s How to Publish Open Access page.
Cambridge University Press
Institutional membership with Cambridge is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible to publish an unlimited number of their articles as open access in all Cambridge hybrid and gold journals without APC fees for the duration of the (2022-2024) agreement. Use your Concordia email address for eligibility and consult Cambridge’s step-by-step guide.
Canadian Science Publishing
An institutional membership with Canadian Science Publishing is part of Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible to receive a 25% discount on the article processing charge (APC) for all CSP Hybrid journals. Authors must indicate their institutional affiliation.
An institutional membership with Elsevier ScienceDirect is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible to receive a 20% APC discount on articles submitted to eligible Elsevier journals between now and December 31, 2023 (see list of excluded journals). Upon final acceptance of an article for publication, the corresponding author will receive an email with instructions.
- Hybrid journals: if the corresponding author declares themselves affiliated with Concordia University, they will be presented with the option to publish as a subscription article or to publish open access.
- Gold OA journals: the article is open access by default.
For both hybrid and gold OA journals, the author is presented with text that states that, as an author affiliated with Concordia University, they will receive a 20% discount on the APC. The author is then given the choice of licence – CC BY or CC BY NC ND. Within 48 hours of choosing a licence and completing the acceptance process, CRKN gains a validation notification. Upon validation by CRKN, the author (or whomever they have designated as receiver of the invoice) will receive the invoice with the included discount.
Concordia University Library has an institutional membership with Frontiers, one of the most cited research publishers with over 100 journals. Concordia authors can publish in any Frontiers journal with a 15% discount on APCs. The author must use their Concordia University email address when submitting their article. Upon final acceptance of the article, the Concordia-affiliated author will receive the APC discount.
Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing
An institutional membership with IOP is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible to publish in a range of journals without APC costs, though some publishing costs may still apply. Concordia authors must indicate their institutional affiliation upon manuscript submission to benefit. Either in the peer-review process or upon acceptance, authors will also be asked to agree to a Creative Commons CC BY licence. Find out about eligible journals and how to take advantage of the agreement.
PLOS Community Action Publishing (CAP)
An institutional membership with CAP is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible to publish an unlimited number of articles without APC costs in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine under the Community Action Publishing (CAP) model. Concordia authors must indicate their institutional affiliation upon manuscript submission to benefit.
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
An institutional membership with the Royal Society of Chemistry is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible for a 15% discount on the APC for all RSC hybrid journals. The APC discount is applied upon acceptance of the manuscript. Concordia authors must indicate their institutional affiliation upon manuscript submission to benefit.
An institutional membership with Sage is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors may publish their articles as open access in over 900 SAGE Choice journals (see list of journals excluded from SAGE Choice). Authors may also use a 40% APC discount to publish in SAGE’s gold open access journals (see list of participating gold journals). When corresponding authors identify themselves as affiliated with a participating CRKN institution (e.g., Concordia), processing the APC waiver for SAGE Choice journals and the discount for gold open access journals is done automatically via the SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP). SOAP is a dashboard for authors to submit their article, select a copyright licence, assign a bill payer (if applicable), and view article status. The Creative Commons licence CC BY will be applied to open access publications unless the author requests a different licence. Important: where an author is eligible for more than one discount for gold journals, discounts cannot be combined, but the highest discount available to the author will be applied to the APC due.
Taylor & Francis
An institutional membership with Taylor and Francis is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s CRKN Open Access Publishing. Concordia authors are eligible for a 25% discount on APCs in Taylor & Francis Open Select journals. The APC will be automatically discounted based on the organization name used by the author when submitting their article.
SPARC Canadian Author Addendum: Securing Authors' Rights
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has developed a Canadian Author Addendum (available in English and French) to help authors secure the rights over the work they publish. Including the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum in a publication agreement enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes.
For more context and instructions for using SPARC Canadian Author Addendum see Using the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum (available in English and French).