Research Guides

Open Access

Search for Open Access Articles

Tools for Open Access

Comprehensive List of OA Tools

Journal Tools

Book Tools


OA Policy Tools

Scholarly Metrics

The Open Access movement overlaps with the push to broaden the meaning of scholarly impact and to take into account not just formal citations in scholarly articles but also blog posts, tweets, and other forms of recognition. 

To learn about the various metrics (both traditional metrics and "altmetrics") that can help you analyze a journal, author, or article, consult the library's Research Metrics guide.

Publication Quality, Evaluating Publishers, and Bibliometrics

City Tech's Monica Berger has compiled an excellent research guide to help you evaluate scholarship and choose the right publisher for your work. The guide covers publication quality, evaluating publishers, OA publishing, Bibliometrics, Citation Analysis, Journal Ranking, and more.  

Publication Quality, Evaluating Publishers, and Bibliometrics

Links to subscription resources within the guide will require City Tech's credentials, but you can find the same resources on the Graduate Center's A-Z list of Databases and log in with your GC credentials to search.  

Also see Monica Berger's article "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Predatory Publishing but Were Afraid to Ask" in CUNY Academic Works.

Browser Extensions

Following are two browser extensions that make it easy to find legally available OA versions of articles.  Read more about them in the article "Unpaywall and Open Access Button: Browser Extensions for Fast Access" on the GC Library's News & Events blog.  


OA Journals and Books



OA Repositories

Costs of Open Access Publishing

Producing a journal isn’t free — it costs time and money. The articles in OA journals are free to read, so how do the journals cover their costs? There are many different ways, including endowments, grant funding, and article processing fees (APCs) paid by authors.

Some OA journals charge APCs. Most do not. (Some subscription-based journals also charge fees (e.g., by the page, by the illustration!)

Some researchers worry that paying APCs is tantamount to vanity publishing. But that is not the case. At reputable journals, the fact that there are APCs for accepted articles has no bearing whatsoever on whether an article is accepted.

Also, APCs are generally not paid from researchers' pockets. Grant funding is frequently used to pay APCs. Some universities and research institutions pay APCs for their employees. And some journals waive APCs for those who cannot afford them.​