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Open Access

Choosing where to publish

Open Access options vary from publisher to publisher but can also differ between journals from the same publisher. Journals are generally of three types:

  • Conventional, subscription-based journals;
  • Fully open access journals, where you usually have to pay a publication fee known as an Article Processing Charge (APC);
  • Hybrid journals, which have a mix of OA articles and articles only accessible to subscribers. To publish an OA article, you again usually have to pay an APC. 

 
Tips for choosing a journal

The following sources may help you make an informed decision about which journal to submit your article to, and the OA choices available.

You can also use:

All CDS staff must ensure that their papers/presentations are approved in advance of publication using the Permission to Publish process.

Important: wherever you choose to publish, as soon you receive confirmation that your work is going to be published, send the acceptance email and the relevant version of your paper (Author accepted manuscript (AAM) for Green, Publisher version for Gold) to accepted@cranfield.ac.uk so we can deposit it in CRIS/CERES for you.
 
Be careful!
Some authors may feel pressured to explore other routes to OA, such as using vanity, self- or on-demand publishing. Some of these businesses are legitimate but some aren’t, so if you are approached directly by a publisher, check our guidelines on how to avoid predatory publishers.