Resources for Editors of Scholarly Journals: Open Access Journals

Digital Publishing Services at the University of Kansas Libraries have created this guide to assist those thinking of starting a new journal or working with an existing journal. Contact Marianne Reed ( if you have any questions.

Open Access Journals

Open Access journals, those journals where all of the content is freely available online, ensure the widest dissemination of scholarly information.  Quality Open Access journals meet criteria such as those outlined by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) , the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

This page contains many resources for editors of Open Access journals.  Examples of Memoranda of Agreement for Open Access journals can be found on this guide's Launching a New Journal: Memoranda of Agreement page and sample Open Access publication agreements on the Publication Agreements page.   Editors of Open Access journals will find that many of the resources on the other pages of this guide are useful to editors of all scholarly journals, including those that are Open Access.

Please contact Marianne Reed ( for assistance if you are considering starting a new Open Access journal or converting a traditional journal to Open Access. 

We suggest that you start with the following.   A more extensive list of resources for Open Access journal publishing can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
    This document by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) outlines 16 "principles of transparency" that contribute to best practices in Open Access publishing. 

Applicants need to provide information in the following areas:  basic information about the journal, the quality and transparency of the editorial process, an analysis of how open the journal is, content licensing, and copyright and other permissions. 

If you are applying to DOAJ and need assistance, please contact Marianne Reed ( 


Open Access Journals: More Resources

  • Open Access Publishing Resources
    This comprehensive page from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) pulls together many resources about Open Access publishing. 
  • Flipping a Journal to Open Access
    This article by Peter Suber outlines some of the reasons why a journal might want to transition from a model that is based on subscriptions to an Open Access model and offers some information for journals about how this can be accomplished.
  • Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
    The OASPA site has many resources for Open Access publishing.  Editors may find the Membership and Information Resources sections to be especially helpful.  The Information Resources section contains a long list of OASPA publishers that would be willing to assist scholarly societies in starting an Open Access journal or converting an existing journal to Open Access.
  • Open-Access Publishing Advantages: A Case Study at the "Australian Journal of Teacher Education" (video)
    This video presentation describes the experiences of the Australian Journal of Teacher Education as it moved from a print/subscription model to an online Open Access model.  Not only did downloads of the journal's articles increase exponetially, but Open Access led to "more submissions, a higher quality and quantity of published articles, and a greater international impact."
  • Impact and Bibliometrics
    This guide from faculty at the University of Kansas is intended for authors trying to increase the visibility and impact of their research.  However, it is useful to editors and journal advisory boards because it identifies the characteristics of those journals that attract authors that wish to increase their research impact (and the stature of the journal that publishes their articles.)