Open Access Publishing options offered by traditional subscription based
A number of publishers now offer an open access publishing option,
usually on the basis that an article will be made freely available at point of
use on payment of some sort of open access publishing fee. Articles undergo
exactly the same peer review process. Funding bodies such as the Wellcome
Trust encourage authors to factor such costs into grant applications.
Springer Open Choice
Open Access Journals
Authors also have the option of publishing their work in open access
journals. Such journals are freely available without subscription.
They operate the same peer review method as traditional subscription journals.
Many open access journals operate a cost recovery method by charging a
publication fee. This is sometimes referred to as the Ďauthor paysí model;
however, it is expected that as with the open access options offered by some
traditional subscription publishers such a fee will be factored into grant
A useful listing of open access journals is the
Directory of Open Access Journals
One of the best known open access publishers is
BioMed Central, which publishes over