You are done with your research - congrats! Now where to publish it... You may know already from looking at journal articles when doing your literature review, or maybe your advisor/mentor has given you guidance, but maybe not.
Luckily there are resources out there to help you find a journal to publish your work, including your Engineering Librarian, Dr. Sarah Over:
Are you considering making your published research available for all without restrictions? Then Open Access publishing may be for you!
Open Access Publishing is the initiative to make scholarly works available online for free downloading, distributing, copying, etc. without needing a paid subscription to view the scholarly work. The idea is that anyone can read your work and build off of it, even budding scholars in developing nations. This practice can greatly speed up and enhance the research process for all involved - just think of the last time you had to use Interlibrary Loan to get an article and imagine instead that you could access it instantly.
But, the downside of Open Access Publishing is that the author pays all publishing expenses, who pays around $2,500 USD. This price can be offset with support from your department and the Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund (opens every fall semester for applications).
How to find an open access journal:
Not all publishers are in the industry to help share knowledge - some are just out to make money. As an author, you need to be aware that there are predatory publishers that will not help you advance your research and charge you lots of money to be published. But, how do you tell if a publisher and/or journal is predatory or not? Some people maintain lists, but these rapidly change as everyday new journals are started, old journals are concluded, and existing journals change. Your best bet is to look for these 3 warning signs:
If all 3 of these warning signs are true, then the publisher/journal is likely to be predatory, but it is not a hard rule. Last, remember that you can go to your librarian (Dr. Sarah Over) for help!