Resources for helping to identify reputable Open Access journals:
Authors may choose to publish in the journal of their choice and deposit an author accepted manuscript of their work in a repository, such as e-scholar, if permitted by the publisher.
Copyright is automatically assigned to the author upon the creation of a work, though authors can transfer their copyrights. Publishers usually ask for transfer of all copyrights through a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) in order to publish books or articles, but authors do not need to transfer all copyrights for publication to occur. Publishers really only need the rights to distribute. Be aware of author rights and consider using an addendum to preserve author rights.
Consider using a Creative Commons License for items in open access journals or repositories. Creative Commons licensing does not replace copyright, but encourages creativity, sharing and innovation by allowing others to use work in certain ways without needing to ask for author permission while ensuring author acknowledgement.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has created a number of resources that help authors to understand their rights and to help authors retain their rights. Download the SPARC Canadian author's addendum.
Adapted from the University of Lethbridge Library.
Before publishing work in a journal, ensure that the journal is assessed for quality and reliability. Deceptive publishing practices exist within the journal and conference community.
Think: Are you submitting your research to a trusted journal? Is it the right journal for your work?
Submit: Submit your article only if you are confident you can answer 'yes' to most or all the questions.