Pros & Cons of Open Access
- The open access publishing environment is changing rapidly. Depending on your field, aims, and circumstances, this option may or may not make sense for you. Here are just a few pros and cons for deciding to publish with an open access journal.
- Free access means you will have a wider audience. It also works the other way around. If more authors publish in open access journals, you will have more access to their research.
- The author often retains copyright, which is not usually the case in traditional publishing
- Open Access is a global initiative. This can expose you to culturally diverse opinions and practices.
- Some Open Access journals charge an author fee to publish and fees will vary greatly.
- You may have concerns about the quality control and authenticity of what is published in the journal if it is not a reputable Open Access publication.
(Adapted from the Duquesne University Gumberg Library: http://guides.library.duq.edu/wheretopublish)