Many highly rated peer-reviewed journals are publishing online as open access journals. If a major factor in your publishing is to make your ideas freely and easily available as many people as possible then open access journal may be the ticket. Because the articles in these journals are available for anyone, regardless if they have a subscription to a journal, you can reach people who may not usually have access to research.
Another reason to publish in open access journals is that they often allow authors to retain some or all rights to their work. These rights include the ability to republish or repost your work, and to include your work on webpages or institutional repositories.
When accepting your article for publication most publishers’ require a Copyright Transfer Agreement. This agreement may limit your rights in regards to reusing your work, particularly what version of your article you can deposit in an Institutional Repository. Many publishers provide information for authors on their Web sites, including information on rights and permissions. If you ask, many publishers will give you an alternative form of their standard CTA, one which allows you to keep more of your copyrights!
Before publication, authors are required to sign an agreement with the publisher that outlines the terms of publication. The agreement outlines several important pieces of information, including:
During the publication, peer-review and/or editing process, several versions of an article (or book chapter, or other piece of writing) are created. Understanding these terms is useful in determining what permissions you have for depositing your work in a digital repository.
The Portland State University institutional repository, PDXScholar, is a full-text searchable digital collection of the intellectual scholarship of the PSU students, faculty, and staff. The repository: