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Open Access publishing

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.

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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.


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Concordia Open Access Fund

The Concordia Open Access Fund promotes open access publishing by supporting thematic open access repositories that have membership fees or institutional memberships with publishers. These will provide Concordia-affiliated researchers with discounts on author publishing charges (APCs).

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Institutional Membership to Open Access Journals

BioMed Central

Concordia University Library has purchased an institutional membership to BioMed Central, entitling all Concordia-affiliated authors publishing in BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals to a 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC). If submitting off-campus, please contact for the discount code.

Other APC discounts available to Concordia University authors:
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Concordia authors are eligible for 25% off an AuthorChoice license when publishing in ACS journals. You will receive an email from ACS once your paper is accepted, which will indicate the Open Access licensing options available to you. If you choose to pursue an open access license for your article, you will be redirected to an e-commerce site where you will be taken through the steps of purchasing the licensing, at which point you will be able to apply the institutional discount via drop-down menu. Simply start typing “Concordia”, the field will auto populate, and the discount will be applied.


Concordia authors that publish an open access article in either a Cambridge Gold or Hybrid open access journal are eligible for a 20% discount on APC charges. Discounts should be applied automatically when selecting Concordia as your home institution during the article submission process. If any issues arise, please contact for the institutional token.

Canadian Science Publishing

Concordia authors are eligible for a reduction in APC charge for articles published open access in Canadian Science Publishing journals. The regular fee for the OpenArticle option is $3000 per article, but for CRKN members the fee is reduced to $1500 per article. The discount is applied to the invoice at the time of processing, as the publisher will note the institutional affiliation.


Concordia authors are eligible for a 40% discount for articles published in some SAGE open access journals. Please see the list of discounts and exclusions in this Excel file. To obtain the discount code you must email and SAGE will provide you with a unique code to apply to your order.

Taylor & Francis

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.

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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).

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Updated: Friday 4 June 2021
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