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High Quality Open Access Journals

High Quality Open Access Journals

Ready to start your publishing journey? Because looking for trustworthy, high quality Open Access journals can be an intimidating task, here's a list of Open Access journals to consider:


PLOS Pathogens

PLOS Pathogens is an Open Access journal which encompasses all things pathogens; anything that can cause illness or disease. This journal has been in publication since 2005 and publishes an issue each month. Articles published with PLOS Pathogens undergo a rigorous peer review process, which is detailed on their website here. Finally, as a member of the UT community, there are NO article processing charges for publishing with this, or any other PLOS journal, including PLOS Biology, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS One


  The International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology

One of the many journals of publishing giant SAGE, this is a long standing journal, starting back in 1988. As the name suggests, this journal's scope includes immunology, pharmacology and pathology. It can be found in reliable journal indexes like SCOPUS and PubMed: MEDLINE. Look up their copyright policies on Sherpa Romeo here. As a member of the UT community, there are no article processing charges for publishing with this, or any of SAGE's Open Access journals. 


  Primary Health Care Research and Development 

This journal seeks to inform health care professionals about advances in health care research and practice. It was established in 2000 and publishes four issues each year. As with all journals published by Cambridge University Press, it is very transparent in its review process, author policies and copyright permissions. It is also a member of the Committee on Publishing Ethics. Check out their membership here. As a member of the UT community, there are no article processing charges for publishing with this, or any of Cambridge University Press's Open Access journals.


   Life Medicine

This journal has a pretty broad scope, looking at several fields of medicine and different diseases. It is also a very new journal, having only been established in 2022. This means that it might raise some false red flags, because it is not established enough to be included in many of the reliable indexes. However, it has a well defined peer review process, and is published by Oxford University Press, a well established and reliable publishing company. Check out this journal's author submission policies here. While UT currently has no agreement with Oxford University Press, this journal currently charges no article processing charges.


  Bulletin of the World Health Organization 

An Open Access journal published by the World Health Organization, Bulletin covers all topics related to global and public health and is read by a global audience. It has a very long publishing history, dating all the way back to 1948. Check out this journal's Citation Report, including information about its Impact Factor and where its being cited here. There are no APCs for anyone publishing in this journal. 


   Journal of Clinical Medicine

Published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), this Open Access journal is a member of COPE, is indexed in several databases, including Scopus and PubMed, and has been publishing articles since 2012. It has a surprisingly fast average turn around time, but also a thorough and transparent peer review process. While you will need to pay an APC to publish with this journal, as a member of the UT community, you get a 10% discount on APCs with this journal, and any other journal by MDPI. Check out a full list of MDPI's APCs here.  
NOTE: For a complete list of all of UT's Open Access initiatives and agreements, check out Colleen Lyon's "Open Access at UT Austin" Libguide.

Need more help finding a journal in which to publish? Contact the Dell Medical School Librarian.

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