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Academic Publishing: Choosing the right journal

A guide to define and explore the domains of Academic Publishing

Open Access Journals

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South Africa and Africa

Researchers – in addition to subscription databases – can also access high quality research via the many open access databases/platforms available. Below are a few pointers as to where researchers can find open access research content from the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) team .

Momentum for the African Open Science Platform | National Research  Foundation

Publishers & Journals (including Open Access publishers)

Academic Publishers (Social Psychology)

ACS Publications

African Journals Online (AJOL)

AIP Journals - Author Select: An Open Access Initiative

ALPSP - Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

Association of American University Presses

Assocation of Media & Publishing

BioMed Central | Article-processing charges FAQ

Cambria Press - Innovative Publisher of Academic Research

Co-Action Publishing

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Dovepress - Journal Publication Processing Fees

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services


Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine — An Open Access Journal

Funds and Factors: APC for Open Access Journals | InTechWeb Blog

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

INASP: International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

Integrated Publishing Association- Online open access peer reviewed journals publishers

Kluwer Academic Publishers and Springer-Verlag

List of Publishers on Journalseek

MDPI | Article Processing Charges (APC) Information and FAQ

Nature Communications - OA options

No-fee Open Access Journals for all fields (Eigenfactor Index)

OAPEN Library (OA)

Open Access options | Elsevier

Open Access Journal Finder powered by Enago

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

Open Book Publishers

Oxford Journals | Oxford Open | Oxford Open Pricing

Palgrave Open - FAQs for Authors


SpringerOpen | Article-processing charge

STM | International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers

Taylor & Francis

Wiley Open Access

Open Research Central

Open Research Central is a not-for-profit organisation created to enable the international research community to establish standards for academic publishing. As part of its mission, Open Research Central has established a portal through which research in any field can be submitted for formal publication on one of the open research publishing-compliant platforms.

African Academy of Sciences (AAS)

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation whose vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science.

Our tripartite mandate is recognising excellence through The AAS’ highly prestigious fellowship and award schemes, providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) strategies and policies and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes addressing Africa’s developmental challenges.

Emerald Open Research

Emerald Open Research: For social science outputs related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Gates Open Research

Gates Open Research is a platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

F1000 Research

F1000 Research: An open access publishing platform supporting data deposition and sharing.

Publish all your findings including null results, data notes and more.
Engage with your reviewers openly and transparently.
Accelerate the impact of your research.

Frontiers is Open Science

High quality open access publishing and research networking

Frontiers is Open Science


Frontiers is an online platform for the scientific community to publish open-access articles and network with colleagues.

  • Fast, open-access publication
  • Rigorous peer-review in real-time thanks to our interactive, online interface
  • Detailed metrics to follow the impact of articles
  • A networking platform made especially for the scientific community

Science Open

ScienceOpen is a discovery platform with interactive features for scholars to enhance their research in the open, make an impact, and receive credit for it. We provide context building services for publishers, to bring researchers closer to the content than ever before. Our advanced search and discovery functions, combined with post-publication peer review, recommendation, social sharing, and collection-building features make ScienceOpen the only research platform you’ll ever need.

Wellcome Open Research

Wellcome Open Research supports discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and we’re taking on three worldwide health challenges: mental health, global heating and infectious diseases

Open Access, Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Predatory Publishing Practices

Directory of Open Access Journals

The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, this independent database contains over 16 500 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages are welcome to apply for inclusion.