Open Access Journals
Open Access journals are free for the reader, increases visibility and use of your research and possibly even citations.
One of the things separating Open Access journals from traditional subscription based journals is that OA journals are freely available for anyone who wants to read, cite or download articles. OA journals are free to spread and articles are freely available online. Open access publishing increases visibility and usability for research articles and your research might receive more attention than if you publish in a traditional subscription based journal. Another thing that separates OA journals from subscription based journals is that you do not transfer your copyright to the publisher as you do with the traditional journals.
Even OA journals must be financed somehow. The publishing costs for OA journals are usually covered by author charges or by institutional membership. This means that it is the author how pays for the publishing. The fee is called Article Processing Charge. Often times when writing a research application you may include the publishing fee in the application budget.
Open Access publishing does not mean a text is not peer reviewed. OA journals have the same peer review process as subscription based journals, sometime it might even be tougher because OA journals have had to fight prejudice of OA journals not having as good reputation as traditional journals.
There are also hybrid journals. They are traditional subscription based journals which offer authors the choice to either publish traditionally or publish with open access. The authors can choose to either publish traditionally with subscriptions for access and restricted dissemination, or to have their journal articles made available with full open access through paying article processing charge. The article is freely available and you keep copyright to your article.
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that provides access to quality controlled Open Access journals. The directory aims to be comprehensive and covers all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system. DOAJ is hosted, maintained and partly funded by Lund University Libraries Head Office. Today DOAJ has over 5500 journals within all subject areas and over 2300 of these journals are searchable on article level.