Why Publish Open Access?

Making published works open access (OA) can increase the visibility and impact of your work since anyone can freely access it online.

Publish in an Open Access Journal

To explore peer-reviewed OA journals covering all subjects, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals.

To enable OA, some publishers charge a fee. The following options are available to MacEwan University faculty to help cover these fees:

  • MacEwan University Publication Grants - Awards up to $1500 are available annually to help faculty cover publishing fees and expenses for works in reputible academic sources. 
  • NRC Research Press (Canadian Science Publishing) - Following acceptance, self-identify as affiliated with a Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) institution to receive a reduced OA publishing fee of $1500 per article (valid until December 31, 2021).
  • Cambridge University Press - To receive a 20% discount on open access fees in fully open access and partially open (hybrid) journals, select institutional affiliation as part of the submission process (valid until December 31, 2021). 
  • SAGE - Upon paper acceptance and prior to paying any article processing charges (APCs), self-identify to the journal as affiliated with a CRKN institution to receive 40% off the open access fee per article (valid until December 31, 2020). Note: Select journals are exempt from this offer. Please check directly with the journal to confirm discount eligibility.

Self-Archive Works in a Repository

Most academic journal publishers that are not open access allow authors to post the final peer-reviewed draft of their work (also known as an author accepted manuscript or post-print) to an online repository.

Look up self-archiving policies on journal publisher websites, or by using a site called SHERPA RoMEO. You can also ask MacEwan's institutional repository staff to investigate policies for you by emailing citations for works to roam@macewan.ca.

When permitted by publishers, authors can self-archive their works in one of two ways:

Find an Open Access Book Publisher

Academic presses are increasingly embracing open access publishing models. To explore existing options, visit Publishers of OA Books.

Still have questions?
Contact your Subject Librarian.