Here are steps to consider:
1. Choose a journal first. Read their guidelines for authors to learn the formatting and submission requirements. Best to conform your piece to their rules than try to rework afterwards.
2. Follow the Institutional Review Board guidelines if applicable.
3. Ask the library for help with sourcing appropriate journals or setting up a search strategy for your topic. Email librarian firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Visit the library's Scholarly Communications Toolkit guide.
According to Peter Suber, Open Access Director at Public Knowledge, "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the interest and the consent of the author or copyright holder." In this model, authors retain copyright to their scholarly works but must bear more of the costs of disseminating it.
Open Access publishing was developed in response to spiraling journal subscription costs and the need for free and immediate access to research results in scientific, technical, and medical fields. The library community has embraced the open access concept through initiatives such as the Association of Research Library’s Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and support of repositories such as BioMed Central.
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