Open Access publishing channels

In the following you can read about one of the two principal pathways to Open Access publishing: publishing in Open Access channels. It is quite common that Open Access publishers require payment for publications in their journals and books. This is called an Article Processing Charge (APC). Well-known publishers often require a relatively large APC.


Read about the other pathway, parallel publishing in institutional repositories, here.

Open Access channels in the ITAR register

To be considered academic in the ITAR register at Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD), an Open Access publisher has to be a member of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA.

In advanced searches in the ITAR register you can choose Open Access as selection rate, including the SHERPA/RoMEO policy.

You can without concerns start the process of publishing your document through an Open Access publisher listed with an academic level in the ITAR register without reservations. One general consideration regarding publishing points: a publishing channel can change level from one year to the next, regardless of whether it is an Open Access channel or not.

How to determine whether an Open Access publisher is serious

  • Is the publisher listed as academic in the ITAR register at NSD? If not, and you still want to publish through this publisher: IF you think the publisher is serious, fulfills the criteria for an academic publisher and is a member of the OASPA, you can suggest the publisher as a new publishing channel
  • Is the publisher a member of OASPA?
  • Is the journal listed at DOAJ?
  • Search for the publisher/journal in Google.
    How are the reviews? Any warnings? Try searching with the added term "predatory" which is often used in conjunction with dubious OA publishers.
  • Does the journal have an ISSN?
  • Are articles from the journal indexed in large databases like ISI Web of Science or Scopus?