Open Access Publishing
Open access (OA) is the free, online availability of scholarly journal articles, including peer-reviewed materials, and primarily in reference to those which authors publish without expectation of payment.
Open Access can refer to publishing initiatives where journals make their articles freely accessible immediately on publication, or to self-archiving initiatives where authors make copies of their own published articles freely accessible via a subject-based or institutional repository.
For more information about Open Access Publishing please visit our Open Access Guide.
For more information please visit the University of Manitoba Copyright Office.
Journal Citation Reports
Both Web of Science and Scopus provide reports on citation data and impact factors for journals in areas of science, technology, social science, and humanities.
Some open access publishers have questionable business and editorial practices. Suggestions on how to evaluate journals are listed on the Think, Check, Submit site.
Altmetrics are an alternative way to view the impact of an author's work. Altmetrics look at how often an article is read or discussed on the web. Some metrics include readership in Mendeley or CiteULike, number of times viewed or discussions on blogs or Twitter. The following article provides an overview of resources that track altmetrics.
Roemer, R.C. & Borchardt, R. (2012). From bibliometrics to altmetrics: A changing scholarly landscape. College & Research Libraries News vol. 73 no. 10 596-600 Retrieved from http://crln.acrl.org/content/73/10/596.full.