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Overview of Scholarly Publishing Options

There are a wide variety of publishing and distribution options for articles, papers, monographs, books, texts, data, and other materials of scholarship. Here is a brief overview, and links to more in-depth information.

Option

Access

Timing

Peer-Reviewed

Responsibility for perpetual access

Business Model

Examples

Traditional print journals

Restricted

Delayed - until issue is published

Yes

Libraries

Subscription (pay to read)

Most commercial and non-profit publishers

Traditional online journals

Restricted

Delayed (usually) - until issue is published online

Yes

Varies (ranges from publisher to online archives to Libraries' web-server)

Subscription

Most commercial and non-profit publishers

Open Access online journals

Unrestricted

Immediate (usually) - when articles are accepted or editing is complete

Yes

Unknown

Author and/or author's institution´┐Ż pays (membership or article processing fees)

BioMed Central, Public Library of Science, Oxford University Press, Springer (only by author's choice). See the Directory of Open Access Journalsfor a complete list.

Institutional Repositories

Accommodates various content

Unrestricted

Immediate

Possible - depends on content type and policy

Libraries (usually)

Institutional support

UMN's Digital Conservancy,

 

Working papers / pre-prints

Unrestricted

Immediate

Possible

Libraries (usually)

Institutional support

UMN's Digital Conservancy

 

Re-prints / post-prints

Unrestricted

Immediate

Yes

Libraries (usually)

Institutional support

UMN's Digital Conservancy

 

Primary source data

Unrestricted

Immediate

Possible

Libraries (usually)

Institutional support

None yet

Other content (instructional materials, etc.)

Unrestricted

Immediate

Possible

Libraries (usually)

Institutional support

UMN's Digital Conservancy

Disciplinary repository

Unrestricted

Immediate - when item is deposited

Yes for included post-prints

Unknown

Institutional support

arXiv, PubMed Central, CogPrints

 

Departmental and personal web sites

Unrestricted

Immediate - when item is deposited

Can be quality filtered

Unknown

Institutional support (may be informal

Many UofM departments have separate web sites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adapted with permission from Characteristics of Scholarly Publishing Options, University of California Office of Scholarly Communication.

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