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Where you publish can maximize your research impact. Studies indicate that open-access articles are more immediately and more frequently cited than non-open-access articles. Increased citation rates lead to greater research impact.
There are several options for making your research more widely available:
- Start by retaining your copyright. This will allow you to disseminate your work more widely, including posting a version into a repository, such as Iowa Research Online.
- Consider making your work open access.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) offers a list of free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in a broad array of disciplines. Select “For authors” to see the various open access options available.
Some journals make their content free after a certain "embargo" period. The HighWire Press list of Free Online Full-text Articles which lists more than 1000 scientific journals hosted by Highwire that make their content available for free after a period of time, usually 12 months.
Some publishers offer a “hybrid” model, giving the author the option to pay for an individual article to be open access. The List of Open Access and Paid Access Fees provides a list of hybrid-option publishers and the fees they charge. Be aware that your open access article may be "hidden" among articles that require a fee to view, and thus be much harder to find and read.
- Post your article to a repository, such as Iowa Research Online or a discipline-based repository.