You may be approached by publishers who encourage you to publish your thesis or to pay a fee to have your work published. Although most publishers are legitimate, be aware that not all such approaches are honest; a fraudulent publisher will not provide the editorial and publishing expertise of a legitimate journal and publishing in a less credible journal can harm the reputation of a less well established researcher. Predatory publishers can be aggressive and persuasive and their journal titles often mimic more established, reputable titles, so it can be difficult to identify them initially.
Ask yourself the following questions:
There are a number of different tools which you can use to give you some idea of where to publish. However, please bear in mind that these pieces of software are recommender systems, i.e., they are set up to use a range of different methods such as text analysis to try and give you the 'best' result. A few of these are 'beta' systems, which means they could still be in development. There are anomalies and sometimes you can see some 'strange' suggestions, therefore you should not rely solely on these when making a decision about where to publish.
You'll find lots of detailed information about Open Access Journals and how to publish in them in the separate Open Access Library Guide
Find out about support and funding at Newcastle on our OA website
For further guidance on RCUK and Wellcome funded research publications and compliance with OA policies, consult SHERPA/FACT, the Funders and Authors Compliance Tool.
The Open Access Citation Advantage project kept up to date a list of studies on whether or not there is a citation advantage for Open Access articles. That project has now completed and the list is no longer being managed. SPARC Europe is now maintaining the list and has brought it up to date.
Thinking of setting up your own open access academic journal? Here are a few links to help you.