The research journals which are open access (OA) generally has an advantage of not submitting accessing fees, as this is additional feature which is fully depend on the policies of journal. Open access is basically set of ideologies and practices which are spread through research work output free of cost or other access methods. There are varieties of open access journals in which open access publication fees is affects. This are categorized into colour naming system as follows:
Gold OA: In this model, the publisher makes available all resources free of cost quickly without delay on the given journal website.
Green OA: This type of access is fully operated by the author that is the self-archiving which are controlled by author and the institute of journal or the host can download the work without paying.
Hybrid OA: as the name suggest it is combination of open and closed access journal. A publisher is funded for subscription and only have an access for individual article for which open access publication fees is paid.
Other than these naming model there also exist the black OA, diamond/platinum OA and bronze OA, but the above mentioned are mostly recognized. Research journals must not be time taking and lengthy legal procedures journals, as authors/students are in the hurry to published their manuscript and has busy scheduled also. So, choosing of ideal journal that helps them in their research publication with the less publishing fees is needed. The following are given some points that should be noted before selection of open access journal:
- Publication that need to be paid must be clearly mentioned with every procedure that need to be followed that fees paid or not in such cases like pre-acceptance fees, approval fees, extra author fees, extra pages charges, charge per page if there is limit.
- Open accessibility must be present for the journal which usually should be free or hybrid open access.
- Journal must be legally authorized that is it has all legal procedure completed and has unique identity code. Along with at-least 3-4 years old.
- Journal must have peer reviewed facility with no extra charges for the certificates and publishing time delays.