As defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, users of open access journals have the right to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.” The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is currently the most thorough and authoritative source for conducting research in and on open access journals published throughout the world. An application must be submitted for every journal to be considered for inclusion in the DOAJ, with over 40 pieces of information checked for every application. Here are some of the criteria DOAJ staff and volunteers check:
Questions to ask yourself when exploring open access journals to publish in might include:
You may want to contact the journal editor directly, as well as review some of the articles yourself, to assess the quality of the work in that journal.