This chapter examines the benefits and challenges publishing in open access (OA) journals. In particular, this chapter contrasts open access (OA) journal publishing with the more conventional subscription-based model to achieve a better understanding of the ways in which the two models work. Next, the chapter turns to an explanation of the different types of OA publishing - such as Gold OA and Green OA - before focusing its attention on predatory journals. The latter sometimes masquerade as OA journals and it is important to understand - and be able to spot - the difference. We close the chapter with a discussion of the costs and benefits of OA publishing for authors.
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