An Open Access journal is a journal that requires no subscription or institutional login for access. Access is free of charge and articles found within an Open Access journal are digitally available for everyone to access. Some journals may offer hybrid access, where some articles or issues are openly available while others are not. Open Access journals have been growing in numbers and popularity in Canada and around the world.
You can search for Open Access journals and articles through the VIU Library by going to the VIU Library homepage, selecting Open Access, entering your keywords, and clicking Search.
On the Journals at VIU page you can browse journals by subject and sub-category and then limit your results to Open Access.
For more Open Access journals, see the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ has a comprehensive list of Open Access journals that can be searched by journals or articles.
The Library collection includes thousands of Open Access journal titles, as well as open books and other open content, that are selected for relevance to learning and scholarship at VIU. Access to these titles does not require a log in.
You can find out if a journal title is Open Access by looking it up in the Library's journals list. Where applicable, Open Access details will appear beside the title.
Questions? Ask a Librarian.
Below are some of the many Open Access journals available. For more Open Access journals, see the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
* formerly paid access.
No subscription fees
Greater access to research that can influence policy
Demonstrate benefit and accountability of grant- or publicly-funded research
Open access for researchers in developing countries
Greater online visibility and public readership
Need to assess critically for legitimacy, quality, peer-review
Variable funding models may mean sustainability concerns compared to traditional paid access
In selecting any journal for publication, it is important to look for markers of credibility and good reputation. Open Access in and of itself is not an indicator of quality or lack of quality in a journal or publisher. In particular, consider factors such as:
If you are considering a journal that charges APCs, inquire with the Library or SRCA to see if there may be either a discount incidental to other licenses that the University has with the publisher, or a lower cost, good quality alternative that meets your needs.
For more information see the Library's guide The Right Place to Publish: Considerations in Choosing a Journal or Publisher.