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Digital Open Access Information

Institutional Repository

Open Access Info


As journals and publishers create new open access policies, some bad actors have created journals that sound similar to high-impact journals, but are meant to trick authors into paying open access fees for a truly low-impact journal. Resources such as Think, Check, Submit give guidelines for avoiding journals and publishers engaged in predatory practices.

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists well-known open access publications and Sherpa-Romeo lists hybrid Open Access publications.

In general you should never pay a publisher to consider your work, much less reprint your work. (Some publishers charge authors for various services *after* accepting an article, but that is a different situation.)

To learn more about Institutional Repositories such as the bepress Digital Commons, please visit the system's research page.

Creative Commons

This non-profit organization has provided an easy way for you to share your creative work. Without relinquishing any of your copyrights,  use a Creative Commons license to allow others to reproduce your copyrighted work and stipulate conditions that must be met. For example, you may require attribution and no commercial use. These and other conditions have been pre-bundled in various combinations; you pick one of these license bundles from the Creative Commons menu. A plug-in is available for Microsoft Office that simplifies this task.

CC Licenses

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