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There are a growing number of pre-established research tools that can help researchers find Open Access journals to publish in. The tools described below can also be used to find Closed journals, however, all can only be accessed from institutions that have paid subscriptions fees required to use these tools. At this time none of the tools in this section are available through the VDOT Research Library, however, some are available to authorized patrons of universities including the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
DOAJ and ROAD directories only include Open Access journals. You will not find Closed Access journals using these tools. OAS includes both Closed Access journals and Open Access journals.
Remember, sham journals, predatory publishers, and journals with low "impact" exist in both the Closed Access arena and the Open Access arena. Before publishing in any journal, take time to investigate both the journal and the editorial board. If you are new to Open Access publishing, or publishing in general, please consider discussing the journal with a trusted colleague or an experienced researcher in your field.