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Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication: OA Publishers

This LibGuide provides useful information about the Open Access Movement, open access publishing and open scholarly communication trends.

OA Publishers

To find only Open Access DHET accredited journals, Google NWU Accredited Journals.  Select Advanced Search, then type Open in the 3rd field on the left,  and press ubmit query. 

Pre-Publishing Guidelines

Unfortunately there are some publishers offering publication opportunities but their publishing practices are not acceptable in academia. Some offer options for publication in non-existent journals, whilst others provide no peer-review or editing services or other added value. Some charge excessive article processing charges to authors. To find out who these publishers are, see:  https://libguides.wits.ac.za/openaccess_a2k_scholarly_communication/Predatory_Publishers

Before publishing, just make sure that you are publishing in a reputable publication, by a reputable publisher, with proper peer-review, editing and other acceptable practices. 

If any Wits staff or students are contacted by any publishers to publish their theses/dissertations or republish their articles, please contact Wits Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Office or Wits Legal Office, before publishing your work, as the intellectual property belongs to Wits University.