The Presidential Chair of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg strongly supports Open Access publishing and has passed an Open Access Policy as well as signed the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (German version). The Open Access Publication Fund is an additional element of its open access strategy.
Peer review and editorial work are integral parts of all scientific publications. That scientific journals—be they Open Access or subscription based—offer this should go without saying. However, a growing number of publishers pretend to be reputable but in truth are not. The term "predatory" describes their "business model."
- A peer review only appears to take place;
- Editorial boards oder peers are either invented or the persons listed are not aware of this and have not necessarily agreed to it;
- What appears to be a cost-free publication, does after submission of a paper suddenly require a publication charge;
- The web design of well known and respectable publishers are copied for appearances sake.
"Predatory" publishers cannot be readily identified at first glance.
What you can do
Carefully evaluate the publisher and/or journal of your choice before submitting a paper:
- Are the journal and/or publisher well known and respectable?
- Look out for similar sounding journal titles: is it truly the journal you have in mind?
- Take a look at the average time the peer review takes in a journal: is one week really enough?
- Check if the impact factor is realistic and true.
- Is the journal listed in the relevant citation indexes: make sure if it actually is e.g. SCOPUS and not SOPUS.
Additionally, the following websites can be helpful:
- The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), DOAJ, OASPA and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) published the "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing" that offer important criteria for the selection of a publisher.
- Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access (www.doaj.org) are selected according to strict quality criteria.
- The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (www.oaspa.org) requires fulfillment of an extensive list of requirements to become (and stay) a member.
- On "Think! Check! Submit!" (http://thinkchecksubmit.org/check/) a checklist helps you determine whether or not your selected journal is "safe."
The university library's Open Access Officer will answer questions you might have regarding this topic and Open-Access publishing in general (contact data see above).
Since 2016, the Persidential Chair together with the German Sciencee Foundation (DFG) finances the Open Access Publication Fund of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. The Library and Information System (BIS) manages the fund and is your contact for open-access questions.
/oops/ the Oldenburg Online Publication Server offers Oldenburg University faculty a quick and simple procedure for publishing their scientific papers online.
/oops/ also allows undergraduates, postgraduate and post-doc students to publish their final thesis (BA, MA, doctoral or habilitation thesis) online.
The publication software Open Journal Systems (OJS) of the Public Knowledge Project helps Oldenburg scientists and scholars to publish scientific journals through the university press. The university library operates OJS for the university.
OJS is an important element of the university's Open-Access activities. The BIS and the university press "BIS-Verlag" support you when planning and setting up journals in OJS (e.g. ISSN and DOI assignment).
Online since March 2018:
The European Commission and the European Research Council have determined that all the results obtained in the framework of HORIZON 2020 projects should be readily available to the public. The Common Guideline of the Library and Information System (BIS) and of the Department for Research and Technology Transfer describes how you meet the open access requirements.
- Flyer "Open Access in EU-Projekten" (in German)