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Open Access in Education: for Readers and Authors

Why Open Access (OA): open access literature is free and available to anyone. Researchers anywhere in the world can read the scholarly output that has been made available in an open-access journal. This means that a local high school teacher who does not have access to all the journals subscribed to by UC Berkeley can read the research findings disseminated in an OA journal.

How OA journals support themselves: Rather than charging readers a subscription fee, OA journals often use the "author-pays" model in which they charge authors an article process charge (APC). The UC Berkeley Library offers Berkeley authors reimbursement for their APCs through the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII). For more information on BRII and an application for funding, consult the BRII website.

OA Journals (all of the journals listed below are peer-reviewed and online)

  • AERA Open: published by the American Educational Research Association, AERA Open emphasizes rapid review and dissemination of high-quality education research. Author fee: None: Any UC Berkeley author whose paper is accepted in AERA Open will be able to publish there for free due to an arrangement between the Berkeley Library and SAGE, the publisher of AERA Open.
  • Berkeley Review of Education (BRE): interdisciplinary journal edited by students from the Graduate School of Education. Author fees: none
  • Cogent Education: mission is to "help researchers publish their work for a global audience." Author fees: allows authors to choose how much they contribute toward OA publication costs based on their unique financial circumstances.
  • Open Review of Education Research: publishes papers from a multidisciplinary perspective, accepting both quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as articles with historical or philosophical perspectives. Author fee: $850. As a special introductory offer, the author fee has been reduced to $395 for 2015.
  • SAGE Open: publishes original research and review articles in all areas of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. Author fees: The UC Berkeley Library has a partnership with SAGE that subsidizes author fees for papers accepted to SAGE Open. Any UC Berkeley author whose paper is accepted in SAGE Open will be able to publish there for free.

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