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Open Access (OA)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Access?

Open access is about making research available instead of behind a paywall. Read more at the "Introduction" page.

What is Open Science?

Open science is about making it easier for scientists to collaborate with each other and across disciplines. Read more at the "Open Science" page.

What are some common misconceptions on Open Access?

There are many misconceptions about Open Access such as that all open access journals have low reputation. Read more at the the "Myths" page.

What about Article Processing Charges?

There are ways to help with Article Processing Charges. Read more at the "Article Processing Charges" page.

Where do I find articles that are Open Access?

There are many databases available. See the list at the "Where to find OA articles" page.

Where do I find journals that allow me to publish my research with Open Access?

There are many reputable journals to publish with Open Access. Read more at the "Where to publish" page

What are predatory journals and how do I identify one?

Read about what predatory journals are and how to identify them at the "Predatory Journals" page.

I want to know more about "Preprint"?

Read about what Preprints are and see a list of Preprint repositories to find articles and publish in at the "Preprint" page.

Why should I publish with Open Access?

There are many important reasons to publish with Open Access. Read more at the "Why publish OA?" page.

Why is Open Access important?

Open Access is important for both science and the academic publishing industry. Read more at the "Why OA is Important" page.

I am funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHERC)...?

These three agencies are called the "Tri-Agency". You can read more about them at the "Tri-Agency Funding" page.

What are some browser extensions I can install to help me find a publicly accessible version of a paid article?

There are many extensions that can help you find a publicly accessible version of a paid article. Read more at the "Browser Extensions" page.

What does "Green", "Gold", and "Hybrid" mean?

Those are the different levels of Open Access. Read about what they are at the "OA levels" page.

I want further information, for example, why is the academic publishing industry the way it is now?

Read about the history of academic publishing, the problems and what is being done to change for the better at the "Further Information" page.

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